British Airways has thanked its customers for their unprecedented generosity, raising almost £200,000 during a two-week appeal for the people of Indonesia, led by the DEC, Disasters Emergency Committee. Customers donated their spare cash on flights last month for people affected by the tsunami, earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in the country. In fourteen days, donations from British Airways’ customers totalled £188,576.

The money is urgently required to help more than 200,000 people who need humanitarian assistance. Ten thousand were injured and 80,000 were displaced and are now sleeping in makeshift shelters following the disaster, in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

British Airways Community Investment Manager, Mary Barry said:

“We have fantastic and wonderfully generous customers and we can’t thank them enough for showing once again how much they care, by donating so much of their own money to help those in dire need.”

Every penny of this money helps. £30 could provide an emergency shelter for a family, £50 could provide a family with food for a month and £100 could help build toilet and washing facilities for a family.

DEC’s Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: “We are so incredibly grateful to all who have supported the appeal for their kindness and their generosity to people who are thousands of miles away. There is still much more to be done, so if you haven’t donated yet, please donate today.”