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Dorset Chamber bids to help Ukraine

Posted on: 25/03/2022

Dorset Chamber has launched a £10,000 charity auction in aid of efforts to help people fleeing the fighting in war-torn Ukraine.

It is leading the way with the online initiative for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “It is horrific to see the plight of families and communities being ripped apart in Ukraine.

“We wanted to lead the way locally to give businesses a way of making a difference and supporting the aid efforts during this dreadful crisis.

“A massive thank you goes to businesses who have already donated some tremendous items and experiences.

“I hope that as a business community we will do our absolute best to help. One hundred per cent of the money raised will go to the DEC.”

The online auction will be held in April on the Dorset Chamber website with bids open to anyone, whether individuals or businesses.

Items donated so far include a powerboat driving course, a short holiday, dinners, bed and breakfasts in several hotels, festival tickets, a laptop, branded workwear, signed AFC Bournemouth shirt, a pool day with lunch, Sunday lunch for six, a health assessment and a massage and fine wines.

According to the DEC at least three million people have fled their homes to escape the war in Ukraine and more than 18 million people are expected to be displaced as fighting continues.

It says that:

  •  £30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month
  • £50 could provide blankets for four families
  • £100 could provide emergency food for two families for one month


Ian added: “Dorset’s business community is renowned for its community spirit and support in tough times.

“I am sure that we can pull together again to help save lives and alleviate the suffering we are seeing as this crisis continues to deepen.”




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