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In the wake of the disaster in Turkey and Syria, The Sun’s Earthquake Appeal was created to raise money for the British Red Cross providing relief in affected areas in Turkey and Syria last week. 

Sun readers, moved by harrowing reports of the devastation on the ground, alongside some of Britain’s biggest companies and celebrities including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have donated to the appeal, raising more than one million pounds so far. 

Generous donations from pop mogul Simon Cowell and retailer JD Sports over the weekend helped the appeal hit a million pounds. 

Last night Prime Minister Rishi Sunak praised the campaign adding: “The scale of the devastation in Turkey and Syria after last week’s massive earthquake is hard to comprehend. As a dad I find it absolutely heart-breaking to see parents desperately searching for their children in the rubble.

“Sun readers have responded to this tragedy by doing what the British people do best – they have reached out to help those in need. The Sun’s campaign has raised an incredible £1 million for the Red Cross’ lifesaving work on the ground, which will make a huge difference to people who have lost everything in the disaster.

“I’ve also spoken to Turkey’s President and promised that the UK government will stand with them. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, 77 British first responders and rescue dogs from fire services across the country flew out to join the search and rescue effort, and have been working day and night to pull people out from the wreckage. We have also provided additional funding to the White Helmets team working on the frontline in Syria, and are flying out a full field hospital as well as thousands of blankets, tents and sanitation kits.

“For the millions of people injured and made homeless in the space of a few minutes last week, the road to recovery will be long. We will continue to do all we can to support, and I’d urge anyone who can to support the Sun’s campaign and help to save lives.”

Editor in Chief of The Sun, Victoria Newton commented: “I have been blown away by the response to our Earthquake Appeal from Sun readers who have donated so generously during a cost of living crisis, and many of Britain’s biggest businesses donating huge sums of money. I’ve been inundated with letters and emails from readers expressing their horror at seeing the tragic events unfold in Turkey and Syria, with some of our younger readers even sending in their birthday money to help. Please continue to donate if you can.”

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been assisting rescue efforts and have distributed nearly 5,000 mattresses and over 9,000 blankets and have received 60 tonnes of food and medical supplies from the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.

The Red Cross also provides on-the-ground specialists supporting people dealing and suffering with trauma.

Money is still needed to continue supporting vital humanitarian work with survivors who have lost everything. To donate, please visit redcross.org.uk/sunaid.

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