Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom hails generous Mail readers

Orlando Bloom hails generous Mail readers for ‘making a world of difference’ as he comforts mothers and children fleeing the war in the Ukraine

  • Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom visited a refugee centre in Moldova 
  • The UN children’s charity received a £500,000 donation from Mail Force appeal
  • An estimated 1.8 million children have been forced to flee the area 

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom last night hailed Mail on Sunday readers after witnessing first-hand how your extraordinary generosity is helping terrified refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

The Lord Of The Rings star visited a centre in Moldova run by Unicef, the UN’s children’s charity which has received £500,000 from the record-breaking Mail Force appeal.

At the centre, women and children receive aid and can rest after they cross the border from Ukraine. An estimated 1.8 million children have fled the war-ravaged nation in the past month, with tens of thousands crossing into Moldova.

Orlando Bloom, Unicef’s goodwill ambassador visited Ukrainian refugees at a centre in Moldova. More than 1.8 million children have been forced to flee the war zone

The 45-year-old actor said: ‘I met children, mothers and grandmothers fleeing the horrors and fear of war in Ukraine. Some had seen their neighbourhoods bombed and many had left loved ones behind’

Bloom, 45, a Unicef ambassador, said: ‘I met children, mothers and grandmothers fleeing the horrors and fear of war in Ukraine. Some had seen their neighbourhoods bombed and many had left loved ones behind.

‘Seeing children and their mothers have moments of respite at Unicef’s Blue Dot spaces in Moldova makes a world of difference to them. I’ve seen the support they provide to families in devastating circumstances. Thank you Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday readers and Mail Force for your generous donation to support Unicef’s work in the Ukraine crisis.’

Since the Mail Force appeal was launched a month ago, readers have inundated it with more than 67,500 cheques, as well as a flood of online donations. The total raised now stands at more than £9.1 million, with funds provided to charities including the Refugee Council, the UNHCR and The Halo Trust, whose volunteers are preparing to clear landmines.

During his two-day visit, Bloom also visited Moldexpo, an exhibition centre in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital, which has been converted into a refugee centre.

There he met a family of five who had fled with only the clothes they were wearing. ‘Many families and children I spoke with have not only left their homes but also their school, friends, family members and almost everything they own,’ said Bloom, who has a 19-month-old daughter with pop star wife Katy Perry and an 11-year-old son from his first marriage. ‘As a father, I can’t imagine the upset and confusion they must feel.’

Unicef is also helping about 450 children who are sheltering in underground stations in Kharkiv, a city in north-east Ukraine that has been blitzed by Russian forces for weeks. Aid workers are providing art therapy, toys, books and emotional support.

During his two-day visit, Bloom also visited Moldexpo, an exhibition centre in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital, which has been converted into a refugee centre.

The Mail Force appeal began with a £500,000 donation from The Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail parent company, DMGT, at the personal request of chairman Lord Rothermere and his wife Lady Rothermere. A team is working round the clock to assess how the money donated can be best spent

The Mail Force appeal began with a £500,000 donation from The Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail parent company, DMGT, at the personal request of chairman Lord Rothermere and his wife Lady Rothermere. A team is working round the clock to assess how the money donated can be best spent.

Among the latest donations is £500 from the historian and author Lady Antonia Fraser Pinter, 89, who accompanied her donation with a handwritten ‘good luck’ note, and £5,000 from a 78-year-old woman whose Jewish relatives in the Netherlands died in the Holocaust and whose 97-year-old husband fled Nazi Germany as a boy.

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