How did British-Ukrainian Aid start?

British-Ukrainian Aid (formerly known as Ukraine Aid) is an initiative born out of the passion and dedication of its founders to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of people who have fallen victim of the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine.

We are a group of UK based volunteers from diverse professions supporting the needs of people affected by war and humanitarian crisis who are trying to rebuild their lives in the face of the on-going terror that is not of their making.

Our fundamental principles are transparency and ethical integrity.

Who does British-Ukrainian Aid support?

British-Ukrainian Aid assists casualties affected by war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as well as victims of natural disaster, trouble, or catastrophe. We support the injured and wounded, internally displaced persons, orphaned children, the elderly and families who have lost their breadwinners.

How does British-Ukrainian Aid spend your money?

British-Ukrainian Aid is committed to providing immediate, direct support to individuals as well as building long-term support for the future.

We establish the most suitable venues for the provision of rehabilitation treatment in each individual case. For example, using the database of information obtained with the help of our local volunteers in Ukraine, we transfer funds directly to the individuals in need of medical help and organisations caring for them:

  • we cover the cost of their rehabilitation treatment;
  • we cover the cost of their medication;
  • we buy prosthetics or any other specialised equipment;
  • we arrange consultations with British specialists on medical treatment and psychological rehabilitation;
  • we send medical and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Our list of projects is continually evolving as we learn from the individuals about the support they need in the long-term.

Does British-Ukrainian Aid support individuals?

We do support individuals by establishing links with them and by contacting them as directly as we possibly can.

Every penny that British-Ukrainian Aid spends supports the recovery of those affected by war and humanitarian crisis, from big projects like funding the rehabilitation centre to the smaller provision of financial aid to individuals and their families to help relieve some of the added stresses resulting from becoming wounded, injured or sick.

How does British-Ukrainian Aid deliver individual support?

British-Ukrainian Aid looks into each case individually. First, we identify people who need medical help by contacting hospitals in Ukraine directly and confirming their identity with local Ukrainian volunteers. Secondly, we ascertain the details of their medical condition. Third, we establish the support they need, i.e., if they are in need of prosthetics or eye treatment equipment or negative pressure wound therapy equipment, etc. Fourth, we cover the cost of the equipment in question or the cost of the physical or mental rehabilitation treatment.

Is British-Ukrainian Aid a registered charity?

British-Ukrainian Aid is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 9364712. British-Ukrainian Aid is a charity registered in England and Wales 1164472.

What are British-Ukrainian Aid’s charitable objectives?

Our primary goal is to provide direct help to people affected by war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Their lives have been ruined and they need to be rehabilitated. This may not be in the headlines any more, but the suffering carries on.

Our objectives are:

1. To provide assistance to people who are the victims of war, humanitarian crisis, natural disaster, trouble, or catastrophe in particular by the supply of medical and humanitarian aid to such persons and organisations caring for them.

2. To relief the needs of those people who are socially excluded as the result of war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and to assist them to integrate into society.

3. To advance the education of the general UK public in Ukrainian culture, its history and current situation.

British-Ukrainian Aid would like to enable the injured and wounded, orphaned children, IDPs, the elderly and families who have lost their breadwinners to re-gain stability in their lives and to provide them with rehabilitation treatment for their physical and mental health conditions.

Our ambition is to adapt quickly to meet the changing needs and demands of those who suffer presently, as well as to meet the challenges of a post conflict era.

While we are hoping that the rate of new war casualties will diminish, the demands on our organisation to provide a widening range of support will continue to grow.

Does British-Ukrainian Aid sell merchandise? Surely charities are not allowed to carry out trading activities.

We do not carry out any trading activities.

How financially efficient is British-Ukrainian Aid?

We believe that we work efficiently. British-Ukrainian Aid is based in Holland Park Avenue in London: we share our offices with Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (London Branch) to ensure our costs are kept to a minimum.

We are very fortunate to have many dozens of volunteers, without whom we would not be able to do our job. They work incredibly hard, while often holding a day job too. We use volunteers who help to answer the phones, reply to emails, top and tail thank you letters and give visitors a friendly welcome.

Is British-Ukrainian Aid collaborating with other organisations?

We work closely with other organisations to ensure that money goes to the right places and that there is no duplication of effort.

We build a network of contacts with various charities, organisations and benefactors in Britain, Ukraine and elsewhere who are equipped and resourced to address the needs of those affected by war and humanitarian crisis. We organise joint fundraising events and share information.

Media interest in our Charity has attracted attention of the British community to the casualties of war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and to the important role that Ukrainian citizens play while being on the front line to protect the stability in both Ukraine and Europe.

Does British-Ukrainian Aid criticise the government?

We do not criticise the government. Our goal is to fundraise in order to help enhance the existing facilities and to play a constructive role in re-gaining stability in Ukraine. Our help is a welcome additional facility.

We are fiercely independent in our decision-making, as we receive no government funding. For example, although the Ukrainian government has allocated 7 million Ukrainian hryvnas for prosthetic care till the end of year, we do reserve the right to pay for prosthetics if there is a need that is not being met by the government. We hope to be instrumental in providing quality prosthetic care for the injured and wounded.

Is British-Ukrainian Aid politically motivated?

British-Ukrainian Aid is not politically motivated. We are interested in helping the casualties of war and humanitarian crisis regardless of gender, colour or creed.

British-Ukrainian Aid is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. We receive no funding from any political party, and have no affiliation with any particular party or political movement. This means we can operate in a way that serves those in need the best and, when necessary, stand up to defend our priorities.

Why does British-Ukrainian Aid have to do this? Is it not the Ukrainian government’s responsibility?

The Ukrainian government has a duty of care to individuals affected by the recent tragic events. However, there is never enough money to do everything we would like. In addition, the range and complexity of tasks the Ukrainian government have to tackle presently, with new insurmountable problems arising every day, mean that help so urgently needed by the victims cannot always be provided effectively.

Therefore, our project aims to provide additional support: to unite non-governmental efforts and bring together organisations and contributors in Britain, Ukraine and elsewhere, who are better equipped and resourced to address the needs of those who suffer urgently.

Can I leave money to British-Ukrainian Aid in my will?

Yes, an increasing number of people are setting up legacies.

Every legacy left to British-Ukrainian Aid will make a vital difference to current and future generations of Ukrainians affected by the on-going war and humanitarian crisis.

Thousands of casualties are children and young adults who have their whole lives ahead of them.

For further information please contact us at info@british-ukrainianaid.org.

Can my company support British-Ukrainian Aid?

Absolutely! Getting your company involved in fundraising is a brilliant way to motivate your workforce as staff members across all levels can work towards a common positive goal.

For further information please contact us at info@british-ukrainianaid.org.

How do I raise money for British-Ukrainian Aid?

We welcome every fundraiser, big and small, and each and every donation is valued in the same way! It all adds up to the wonderful support we are able to pass to those in need.

As long as it’s legal, safe and honest, then register it with our friendly team. For example, you can put us in touch with others who may be interested in helping or supporting us; or you can become a volunteer. Whatever activity you are planning, our team can offer you ideas, advice and information to guide you through your fundraising experience with British-Ukrainian Aid.

Alternatively, just hit donations button and give us as much as you can!