The donation will pay for supplies such as food, water and medicine

HSBC has donated USD500,000 to help the British Red Cross provide humanitarian relief in response to the refugee crisis in Europe. The money will help people in countries including Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Ben Webster, head of global emergencies for the British Red Cross, said: “We are in the midst of one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of our time. Millions of people are being forced to risk their lives in a desperate search for safety as conflicts rage around the world. This donation will go towards funding desperately needed supplies such as food, water, nappies and hygiene kits as well as emergency medical treatment.”

More than 3,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea this year, according to the British Red Cross, with many fleeing conflict and persecution in their home country.

The British Red Cross is part of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, a neutral and independent voluntary humanitarian organisation committed to supporting vulnerable people in crisis.

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