Devastating earthquakes have hit Turkey and Syria killing more than 20,000 people. Buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed leaving survivors facing freezing conditions. People need help now.
People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions, with humanitarian needs expected to grow in the coming days. Access to clean water will likely be a challenge, bringing the risk of cholera and other diseases.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)* have launched an appeal to support those affected.
DEC charities and their local partners are responding, working with locally-led relief efforts. Immediate priorities are search and rescue, medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heaters for safe spaces and winter kits with blankets, and warm clothes, as well as ensuring people have food and clean water.
We are backing the appeal by encouraging by asking our colleagues, members and customers where possible to donate.
How you can support
Any colleague, member or customer who would like to donate can:
· Text COOP to 70787 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus standard network rate. Your text will result in a £10 donation to the DEC Appeal. Visit dec.org.uk for full T&Cs
· Instore at till / at buckets instore …
Why the DEC Appeal?
For much-needed funding for international crises such as the one unfolding in Turkey and Syria, the DEC are the experts in humanitarian response, having infrastructure, experience and personnel on the ground to make sure the funds raised, and support reaches those who need it most.