Swindon group appeals for winter aid for Ukraine

By Barrie Hudson - 24 November 2022

Charity
  • Delivering the van and its cargo of aid

    Delivering the van and its cargo of aid

An appeal for heaters, generators and blankets for embattled Ukrainians has been renewed by a Swindon aid organisation.

  • Nataliya and Ivan arriving back at Bristol Airport after delivering a van and aid to Ukraine

    Nataliya and Ivan arriving back at Bristol Airport after delivering a van and aid to Ukraine

Members of Swindon Humanitarian Aid Partnership recently returned from their latest mission to the embattled nation, whose power infrastructure is being attacked by invading Russian forces as the harsh winter closes in.
The partnership bought a used Ford Transit van and filled it with aid before volunteers drove it across Europe into Ukraine. The partnership also donated the van, which had been services by Nigel Hannon at Scorpion Engineering and given a side panel logo care of Steve Masters at Smart Design.
One of the two drivers was Swindon Humanitarian Aid Partnership board member Nataliya Suhoveeva, who said: "They are desperate for power to heat, light and cook. These simple things can make all the difference."
The volunteer encountered heartrending scenes during the mission, including young Ukrainian men assembling ready for military deployment in defence of their homeland.
The organisation particularly welcomes donations of generators (whether conventionally-powered or solar), blankets, heaters, winter clothing and sleeping bags.  
Swindon Humanitarian Aid Partnership chair Mike Bowden said the group had found an organisation in Royal Wootton Bassett which was able to service generators for a fraction of the cost of generators in Ukraine itself.
Further information can be obtained by emailing mike@phoenixenterprises.co.uk
 

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