BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Help families without shelter stay warm this winter

Donate now to help people around the world affected by disaster this winter

Joanna Lumley is sharing our appeal on BBC Radio 4

Facing the Syrian winter

Muafak lived a peaceful life in Syria, until conflict forced him to flee with his family.

Muafak dreaded the approaching Syrian winter. As temperatures fell below zero and snowstorms blew in on freezing winds, the family only had a few worn out blankets to use to try and stay warm. He had no idea how his children would cope.

But support from people like you meant Muafak could collect the kind of items you’ll find in our winter survival kits. Winter clothing, thermal blankets, mattresses and warm boots might sound like simple things. But when it’s cold enough at night to get hypothermia, they can save lives.

Group of children smiling at the camera in Syria
Muafak’s children and friends
Man with 4 children sitting outside a tent in Syria
Muafak and his children

My feeling was like a person who fell into a hole and got out,” Muafak told us. “When I see my children sleeping while they are warm, I feel happy.

Right now, there are thousands of families living in emergency shelters, urgently needing support to stay healthy, warm and safe in freezing temperatures. Please show them that you care. Help us to be there for people wherever the need is greatest.


Please donate now

These items are representative of the type of aid we are supplying to Syria, and other locations affected by cold temperatures. Aid items, designs and models may vary.

Where will my donation go?

Your donation will go to our general fund, which will help families in Syria and elsewhere.

We believe that the best way for us to be impactful is by staying flexible, and it is essential that we have funds available to support those affected by conflict and disasters around the world. Donations to our general fund allow us to be able to respond to help people without shelter, wherever the need is greatest.

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People without shelter are facing a fight for survival in the winter cold.

Please donate today.

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