Alba member Leigh Wilson had been asked by constituents if he could use his elected status to secure donations from north-east residents and, after consultation with former members of parliament and local businesses, the appeal was launched from Inverbervie.
He said: “We have all been watching the unfolding events with horror and it is easy for people to feel helpless in these circumstances. But I thought it was important to offer some leadership locally and so I have been in touch with members of the public and local businesses who are desperate to do whatever they can to help.
“War in Europe is unprecedented in most of our lifetimes and we are all praying, of course, for a peaceful resolution to this conflict. But action is required now and that is the purpose of the appeal.”
The Aberdeenshire Ukrainian Appeal, established as a Crowdfunder with all monies going directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee, has an initial target of raising £1000 in two weeks. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an amalgamation of 15 UK charities which seeks to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas – the charities are currently providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those in need.
Councillor Wilson continued: “Over two million people have fled their homes to escape the conflict in Ukraine – we are looking at the prospect of a refugee crisis and we should be doing everything required to make sure that those in danger are safely resettled in our communities, a track record of which Aberdeenshire should be rightly proud.
“But the people in Ukraine still require much support: homes, schools and water supplies have been destroyed and there is no end in sight of this brutality.
“The Aberdeenshire Appeal will play a small part in providing some of the support required and I am sure that the people of the north-east will, once again, stand in solidarity with those in the most desperate need.”
The appeal can be found here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/aberdeenshire-ukrainian-appeal and currently sits at £110.