Labour leader and Mexborough MP’s boost for Burma project

MP Ed Miliband
MP Ed Miliband

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has pledged his support to a campaign that helps refugee children in Burma.

The Labour leader made a donation of an unspecified amount yesterday to the #GivingTuesday fundraising initiative in aid of the Partners Relief & Development UK cause.

Mr Miliband chose to give to the project as the charity has a base in Mexborough Business Centre, which is in his constituency.

He said: “I am proud to be supporting Partners Relief & Development UK on Giving Tuesday.

“They are an excellent organisation, providing children the vital opportunity of education in areas of Burma that are difficult to access or have been ignored and forgotten.”

Sarah Armitage, the project’s national director, said: “We are thrilled that Ed Miliband has chosen our work to support for Giving Tuesday this year.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to go to school and have a chance to change their world.

“We appreciate his generosity and hope that he will continue to highlight the issues surrounding children affected by conflict and oppression into the future.”

The money will go towards the CARE project, which helps over 900 refugee children from Karen State, Eastern Burma, to stay safe and healthy and have access to education.

There are estimated to be more than a million displaced people by a long-running civil war in the country.