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LONDON, FEBRUARY 24 2022, Larry The Cat sat on doorstep of 10 Downing Street as it is lit up wit the colours of the ukraine flag solidarity with Ukraine following Russia's invasion Credit: Lucy North/Alamy Live News
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How to help the people of Ukraine if you’re living in London

Practical things you can to do to support

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Russian president Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, sending in military forces by air, land and sea. Ukraine is at war and people around the world are looking for ways to show their support. If you want to help the Ukrainians and you’re living in London, here are some practical things you can do.

Show solidarity by attending protests in London

Protests pushing the British government to impose tougher sanctions against Russia and to provide more medical support for Ukraine have already taken place over the last week, with reports of several hundred joining demonstrations at Downing Street and outside of the UK Russian Embassy, and thousands congregating in Trafalgar Square.

Attending a peaceful demonstration can help to put pressure on the government to take action and is a visible way to show your support. 

More protests are planned. Follow Ukraine Solidarity Campaign and London Euromaidan to keep up to date with London protests. 

Write to your local MP

Contacting your local MP can help lobby the British government to address a particular issue, for example to welcome refugees from Ukraine, to place more sanctions on the Russian government or to send over more medical or military support. 

Email your local MP or send a letter to their constituency address, asking them to raise the issue in parliament and to put pressure on the government. Instructions on how to do this can be found here

Support Ukrainian charities  

Donating money to charities working on the ground can directly help the people of Ukraine, by providing humanitarian aid, supplies for frontline doctors and paramedics, psychological support and valuable reporting. 

Ukrainian charities including Sunflower of Peace and United Help Ukraine provide medical supplies, while Voices of Children helps children affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. Find a full list of charities to support here.

Donate supplies 

Pictures show hundreds of Londoners who have donated supplies for Ukrainian refugees to the Polish community centre – but local donation points are popping up all over London, collecting supplies to directly help Ukrainians impacted by the crisis.

Items in high demand include antiseptic wipes, helmets, masks, underwear, tampons, sleeping bags, thermal blankets and solar phone chargers, but please check what items are accepted from specific collection points before donating. 

Collection points include: 

North London Collection Centre: 233 Willesden Lane, NW2 5RP. 7am-8pm. Information here

Milo and the Bull gym: 62 St John's Hill, SW11 1AD. Information here

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES): 16 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW. Information here

White Eagle Club: 211 Balham High Rd, SW17 7BQ. Information here.

Contribute to a London fundraiser 

Attending a charity event or taking part in a campaign to raise money for humanitarian causes can be a different way to support the crisis from home turf. For example:

Clerkenwell Boy has launched #CookForUkraine, an initiative raising funds for Unicef UK’s Ukraine appeal, with London’s foodie community. To get involved, you can host your own supper club or bake sale, donate to the fundraiser, or share your culinary masterpieces over social media with the hashtag #CookForUkraine. Meanwhile, restaurant operators are encouraged to add a voluntary donation to bills throughout the month of March, with places including Manteca, La Rampa, Sessions Arts Club, and Homeslice already getting involved. 

On Friday March 11, London’s protest music collective R3 Soundsystem is hosting an emergency fundraiser party at Venue MOT, with all money raised from ticket sales going towards its partners providing humanitarian help on the ground: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance for Development Help), Fulcrum UA and All Out. Huge DJs including Hot Chip, The Blessed Madonna and Midland will be playing. Elsewhere, Space 289 is hosting a fundraiser party with underground techno DJs on Friday March 11 from 7pm. 

On Sunday March 13 at 11am, Finsbury Park Picturehouse is screening a preview of a new documentary titled 'What Shall We Do With These Buildings?’, exploring the legacy of Soviet architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine. All donations will go towards Help Kharkiv, a group of volunteers providing humanitarian aid to the people of Kharkiv, where the film was shot.

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