£260,000 raised for Nepal disaster appeal via eBay.co.uk

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Customers of eBay.co.uk have raised in excess of £260,000 for the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The online marketplace launched its Nepal disaster appeal on eBay within 24 hours of the earthquake hitting.

So far, more than  12,000 items have been listed in support of the DEC appeal, with more than 62,000 buyers donating funds at checkout and others making donations through eBay’s dedicated Nepal Earthquake Appeal page.

DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “We are delighted by the amount raised for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal through eBay and extremely grateful for the generosity of Ebay customers in the UK. Despite the immense challenges facing those affected, the emergency response continues to grow day by day. We are now delivering more aid to some of the worst-affected areas thanks to your support and our members are expanding their efforts into remote regions.”

Customer donation donations are made to PayPal Giving Fund, a registered charity, which will regrant the funds to the DEC campaign. Nick Aldridge, CEO of PayPal Giving Fund, said: “We’re delighted to make it so easy for eBay customers to give to causes they care about. We know that rapid action after a disaster like the Nepal Earthquake can make all the difference and are delighted that eBay and its customers responded so quickly.”

The eBay foundation will also make a $50,000 grant to Mercy Corps to help those affected.