A fundraising concert for Ukraine featuring Ed Sheeran and the Ukrainian 2016 Eurovision winner has raised £12.2 million for the humanitarian effort in the war-torn nation.
At the end of the night, the hosts announced that ticket sales, advertising, sponsorship and donations had led to the grand total, but it was expected to continue rising.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
What is Concert for Ukraine?
The two-hour Concert for Ukraine was organised to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and its response to the Russian invasion.
The evening - at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingam - featured a star-studded line-up, and was punctuated by short video pieces documenting the lives of displaced Ukrainians both inside and outside the country.
Viewers were able to donate money to the cause throughout the evening.
All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast – estimated to be more than £3 million – will be donated to the DEC appeal; Marks & Spencer will be headline sponsors for the broadcast.
Who was involved?
Sheeran took to the stage solo for a two-song set of his hits ‘Perfect’ and ‘Bad Habits’.
Between the tracks, he told the audience: “Thank you so much for coming. It’s such an important cause and I am so honoured to be here.”
He was forced to pause briefly as he began his second song, admitting light-heartedly “I’ve got the wrong guitar”.
After making a quick change he resumed the show, to cheers from the crowds.
Pop superstar Cabello was backed by a string section for a performance of Coldplay’s hit Fix You before she was joined by Sheeran for a live debut of their new track Bam Bam.
She told the crowd: “We are praying tonight for the peace and safety of the people in the Ukraine.”
Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, took to the stage after fleeing her home country following the invasion.
The 38-year-old delivered a rendition of her song 1944, about the forced deportation in Crimea during the rule of Joseph Stalin.
She waved a Ukrainian flag throughout her performance and was dressed in red.
Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers delivered an impassioned performance of their song If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, which has lyrics inspired by the Spanish Civil War.
There was also a performance from singer-songwriter Tom Odell, who recently went to the Romanian capital of Bucharest where he performed his hit Another Love for refugees arriving by train in the city.
The evening was host hosted by Roman Kemp, Marvin Humes and Spice Girls star Emma Bunton in front of screens showing the sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower.
How can I watch it?
It is available to watch on demand through catch up services ITV Hub and STV Player now.
How can I donate?
There are a number of ways to donate to the DEC, which brings together 15 leading UK aid charities at times of crisis overseas to raise funds quickly and efficiently; ITV has previously supported DEC appeals, including for the Afghanistan crisis in December 2021.
You can donate online at dec.org.uk , or via the phone on 0370 60 60 900.
To donate £10 text ‘CRISIS’ to 70150. Texts cost £10 plus the standard network charge, and the whole £10 goes to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information go to dec.org.uk.
Or you can donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office or send a cheque by post to Post: DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA.
Thirteen of the DEC’s 15 members are either responding or planning to respond in Ukraine or in neighbouring countries and will receive funds from this appeal.
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