11th May 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked the most terrible and tragic European war in our lifetime. We have been hugely moved by the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom and democracy. The merciless brutality of the Russian forces has created a desperate situation, and we are keen to support the Ukrainians and respond to their plea for help.
We have set up two separate funds: one to provide humanitarian relief through our Charitable Trust, and the other through the College to provide direct funding to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which they urgently require to continue the brave defence of their country and people, and to preserve their freedom.
We will be contributing to both funds in accordance with the urgent pleas of the Ukrainian people and political leaders, and would be delighted and hugely grateful for any contributions to either or both of these funds. We will match all contributions received in both funds up to £25,000.
Sincere thanks to those of you who have already donated to one or both of these funds. We are pleased to say that we are now getting close to our target of £50,000, with over £23,000 raised for the Armed Forces of Ukraine fund, and over £24,000 for the DEC humanitarian fund, so just over £47,000 in total including gift aid and additional matched funding from the college and Charitable Trust (as well as a contribution from the UK Government).
If you are considering making a donation but are concerned about where your money is going, we would like to reassure you that we have carefully considered the effectiveness of these donations. The National Bank of Ukraine’s fund for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and humanitarian relief (through a JP Morgan account held in London) will naturally have minimal administration costs. The DEC have an impressive record over many years of ensuring that their administration costs are not excessive – there is more information here.
We are very keen to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their desperate time of need. In doing so, we are responding directly to what the Ukrainian people and leaders are asking for. This fight is critical not just for the future of Ukraine as an independent free nation, but for the future of liberal democracies throughout Europe and the world.
Our target is to raise £25,000 in this fund, and we will match your donations as noted above. We will be supporting the appeal organised by the National Bank of Ukraine. The NBU has set up an official fundraising account held by JP Morgan in London:
All funds are directed to enhance Ukraine’s defence capability: weapons, equipment, food, medicine, and other supplies.
If you would like to make a donation you can pay into this special college account:
Bank: Starling Bank
Account name: Brampton Educational Services Limited
Account number: 91698598
Sort Code: 60-83-71
Reference: Ukraine + [your name]
All donations will be forwarded to The National Bank of Ukraine’s fundraising account held at JP Morgan Bank in London. We will write to you to acknowledge receipt.
We are supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) humanitarian appeal via our JustGiving account linked below.
Over 4 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the borders in search of safety and at least 10 million have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The UN has described this as the biggest humanitarian crisis since WW2. The DEC is funding a number of well-known charities operating in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, providing food, water and medical assistance.
Our target for this fund is also £25,000. The Brampton Charitable Trust has made a donation of £12,500 (including matched funding from the UK Government) to help relieve the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Our students are also holding fundraising activities this in support of the DEC humanitarian fund.
If you would like to contribute to this Brampton humanitarian appeal, you can do so here
Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)
We are conscious of the volume of disinformation currently in circulation about the crisis in Ukraine, so you may be interested in the following links from reliable sources.
In our view this is the most important fight of our lifetime.
Let us stand with the people of Ukraine in their desperate hour of need.
With our thanks,
Bernard and Pam Canetti
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