The Guardian and Observer’s 2016 appeal has raised over £1,750,000 for child refugees, making it the second biggest charity fundraiser in the papers’ histories.
More than 17,500 readers donated to the four-week appeal, which closed on Sunday night. The money will be shared between three charities supporting young refugees: Help Refugees, Safe Passage, and the Children’s Society.
The charities thanked readers for their generosity, saying the donations would make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of children, both those facing a bleak winter in the refugee camps, and those attempting to rebuild their lives in the UK.
The charities provide a range of support, from supplying emergency aid to refugee camps to enabling unaccompanied refugee children to find legal sanctuary with relatives in the UK, and providing support to help youngsters adapt to life in Britain.
Matthew Reed, the Children’s Society’s chief executive, said: “The generosity of the Guardian and Observer readers has been overwhelming. £1.75m is an incredible amount and we are extremely grateful for every single penny donated. The money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of the child and young refugees we work with, helping them to rebuild their lives here in the UK.”
Josie Naughton, a co-founder of Help Refugees, said: “This morning thousands of refugee children woke up in tents in sub-zero temperatures across Europe. Help Refugees will ensure the generous donations from the Guardian readers go towards improving the lives of these very children.
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