Katya, 12, and her mother Mira, 43, who fled the conflict in Ukraine last year.
Since the outbreak of conflict at the beginning of 2022, Freemasonry’s support for Ukraine through the MCF has surpassed £1 million. In that time, over six million Ukrainians have fled, and our donations to the British Red Cross have helped to house, feed, and reunite over 30,000 people seeking safety in the UK.
The British Red Cross provided us with a recent update on the impact we have made to the lives of displaced Ukrainians. Our donations were used to fund two main programmes: ‘Support for Ukrainian Refugees in the UK’ and ‘Reuniting Families’. We are incredible proud of the extensive support we have offered to families during the crisis, as well as the British Red Cross’ incredible efforts to welcome them into the UK.
Support for Ukrainian Refugees in the UK
Through our funding, the British Red Cross has established numerous teams at stations and airports across England to hand out resources and information to newly arrived families. This intervention has played a vital role in helping thousands of people settle into their new life in the UK.
The British Red Cross is the UK’s largest provider of refugee support services. So far, with our contributions, caseworkers have offered personalised and in-depth assistance to over 2,3000 Ukrainian refugees. These services include opening bank accounts, providing emergency cash, and helping refugees connect with their local community to build a stronger support network, ultimately helping them overcome feelings of isolation.
Through their National Support Line, the British Red Cross has taken over 73,000 calls from people who are confused, scared, and traumatised by the conflict. Our funding has provided crucial emotional support to help these individuals cope with the atrocities of the war; they found that 26 per cent of people calling felt nervous, anxious, or on edge every day. We are proud that we have not only helped fund practical help and access to vital resources, but also delivered emotional support to those who need it most.