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Ride-hail giants Uber set to provide Ukrainian refugees free meals and rides in the UK

Ride-hail giants Uber are working to provide additional support to help Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the UK by working with the British Red Cross.

Uber are supporting the British Red Cross to provide an initial 8,000 free meals and rides to refugees in several locations across the country. Staff and volunteers working in British Red Cross refugee service centres can now distribute voucher codes to any refugee.

Free rides and meals are available through the British Red Cross service centers across the country, including London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Plymouth, Cardiff, Belfast and Bristol.

Riders in the UK can also donate directly to the British Red Cross through the Uber app.

All donations from riders will help get critical care to those who need it most – in Ukraine and bordering countries, as well as refugees resettling across Europe.

Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The Red Cross is responding to the crisis in Ukraine. People have lost their homes and lives; families have been separated, people have fled the country. Donations will help us reach displaced people in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighbouring countries with food, water, medicine, medical equipment and other essentials. We are hugely grateful for this ongoing support from Uber.”

Andrew Brem, General Manager, Uber, said: “As refugees continue to arrive in the UK, Uber has been extending its support to the Red Cross to help people most in need. Our users have been extremely generous with their support through Uber Donate and we’ll continue to work with the Red Cross to ensure that access to food and transport is available across the UK to those who need it most.”

Lord Harrington, Refugees Minister, said: “A safe arrival in the UK is just the first step in making sure our arrivals from Ukraine are truly settled in their new homes and I am delighted to see Uber offer such practical assistance to those who need it. I have been taken aback at the continued generosity of the UK public, and I encourage other businesses to step forward and show their support where they can.”


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