Goods for Ukraine

Club Members & Friends of Ingatestone rally round

Hope and Aid Direct are running lorries carrying humanitarian goods to Slovakia for onward transportation to the Ukraine as well as support refugees in Slovakia if needed. It is a complicated logistical exercise made harder by the problems with P & O. Indeed, Charles has been offered 24  x 40’ containers by L.N.E.R who offer to rail these to Ukraine; he is possibly going to take 4.

Miscellaneous donated items are being delivered in bulk to a  location in Basildon – including nappies, baby wipes, sanitary goods, toothbrushes & paste, soap, shampoo and shower gells, sleeping bags, blankets and tins of food, etc. Supplies arrive by lorry which need to be unloaded on to pallets – items sorted and re-boxed by specific product – with each box to be labelled on top and all 4 sides. – as required by Border Customs/ Security Protocols - and re-palletised..

Charles Storer of Hope & Aid Direct appealed for volunteers and was very pleased that for the past week several members and friends of Ingatestone Rotary have stepped up to help. With the rota managed by Noelle, Charles has had the valued assistance of helpers who unloaded, sorted and loaded including Noelle, Nigel, Alan, Sally, Adam, Richard and daughter Louise, Linda Ritchie, John M., Wendy, Senga & Neil. Also helping were Charles's wife, Bev plus Lucy and Mary and some other volunteers.

A lorry, driven by Charles and his wife Bev, is scheduled to leave for Slovakia on Friday 1st April, accompanied by 2 other trucks.

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