Over 400 People In Midlands Sign Accommodation Pledge For Ukrainian Refugees

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The Irish Red Cross say they're blown away by the response.

Over 400 people in the midlands have already offered accommodation for Ukrainian refugees through the Irish Red Cross.

The charity is appealing for people to pledge whatever space they may have to spare to help those fleeing the war.

Ireland is expected to take in around 100,000 refugees.

Figures to date show 160 people have pledged accomodation in Laois, 154 in Westmeath, and 120 in Offaly.

That's out of a total of 11,902 nationally.

The Irish Red Cross cash donations have now reached €14 million.

A spokesperson for the charity says they're blown away by the generosity of the Irish people;

"We are asking those who have registered with us with offers of accommodation to bear with us and our contact team will be in touch over the coming weeks. 

"We have almost 12,000 pledges of accommodation since just last Friday when we had just 180 offers and to out it in context it took a few months to reach 1,000 pledges during our Syrian refugee campaign a few years ago.

"The Irish business community have also come onboard our Ukraine crisis appeal in great numbers with more and more calling us everyday to offer help and so far over 125 companies have been in touch with our fundraising team and then so many community groups have also been reaching out to us about their fundraisers. 

"We are just so grateful to such a wonderful reaction from the Irish people so far."

You can pledge your own accommodation through the Irish Red Cross here.

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