The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and actor Isla Fisher are donating £670,000 to help Syrian refugees, the charities receiving the money have said.

The couple are giving half the money to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria.

They are donating the other half to the International Rescue Committee to help refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries, particularly women and children, with health care, shelter and sanitation.

More than four million refugees have fled conflict in Syria for the relative safety of the neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations.

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said the money would “Save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children”.

“By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today,” he added.

Isla Fisher