Chamber members C & D South West and Hippychick have joined forces to support the delivery of aid to Poland to support people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
They will be supporting an initiative spearheaded by locally-based Meg Hawkyard who has already organised a huge collection of supplies and is working in conjunction with her friend Faye Savage, an ex-pat who is based on the ground in Krakow, to supervise the distribution of the items to those in greatest need.
C & D South West will provide its Hippychick dual-branded curtain-sided trailer and a full tank of fuel in order to get urgent aid across to Ukraine.
Joint MD at Hippychick, Jeremy Minchin (pictured), has also volunteered to drive ta loaded van out to Poland next week, supported by Meg’s husband Craig.
Krakow is also a good destination for Hippychick as one of their suppliers (myHummy) is based there and have kindly offered to put Jeremy up before he heads back to Somerset.
With her contacts in Poland, Meg is entirely in tune with exactly which type of supplies will be most useful to displaced families. These are largely medical and Meg has contacts for purchasing these at wholesale prices. If you would like to be part of this effort, the best way to do this is by donating to Meg’s Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/transport-aid-to-ukrainian-borders
C & D South West will be dropping the trailer at Hippychick on Thursday (March 10). Anyone who would like to donate items from the following list should leave them at the C&D South West depot in Chard (TA20 2BB) as soon as possible.
Items needed include:
- Complete first aid kits, plasters, bandages, sudocream, burn relief gel, ibuprofen, paracetamol and Calpol for babies
- Camping mats
- Sleeping bags
- Warm blankets, but not duvets
- Thermal clothes and underwear of different sizes, both child and adult
- Hot water bottles
- Baby food and baby formula. breast pumps and sterilisers
- Nappies, various sizes
- Sanitary products for women
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Wet wipes