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SummaryDrive Aid to Ukraine is a not-for-profit organization (Registered at UK Companies House No 14188343) that helps delivers UK aid directly to Ukraine's border and onwards to the conflict zones/refugee centers.
We are affiliated with British Ukrainian Aid charity ( Registered with The Charity Commission in England .Number: 1164472)
Established charities often find it challenging to deliver/operate within conflict zones. We help fill that gap.
Given the scale and urgency of the need and the complexity of the mix of new crisis interventions / helping displaced people recover & restart their lives - a combined effort of all available agencies is required.
Our Mission1. Resource donations for the Ukrainian people.
2. Drive donations to trusted agents in Ukraine .
3. Connect NGO's in the UK and EU and coordinate aid deliveries
£2.5k/ month is needed to move up to 24 tons of aid on our monthly artic trucks deliveries. Our next articulated truck leaves in June.
Sponsor a pallet - £100 will pay for a UK pallet to take up to 1 ton of donations to Ukraine.
Please Press the donate button and contribute what you can towards fuel and help get this aid moving. Our 15th trip leaves in June.
Partnerships/Collaboration In the UK● British Ukrainian Aid Charity (Affiliation Status)● Support Ukraine UK-Non profit NGO● Help Ukraine Telford Community Interest Company● Goods for Good Charity● HAFGB Charity● Hope & Aid Direct Charity● Holy Trinity Church (East Finchley)
In Ukraine/Poland ● The Folkowisko Foundation NGO● The Kresowan Care and Unity Foundation NGO● Shyroke NGO, ● 100% Life, a national healthcare NGO. (Ukraine Ministry of Health partners)● Freedom Space Foundation NGO
In Holland● Fastlane Ukraine NGO The People
Driving Aid to Ukraine was set up by Michael Byrne, a former health and social care executive director.
Michael is advised on Ukrainian needs in real time by
-Polish and Ukrainian NGOs based both on the Ukrainian border and inside Ukraine.
- Olga Stefanyshyna, is a Ukrainian MP and a previous Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Healthcare. - Tatiana, a Ukrainian lawyer and mother of two young children in London. Tatiana now serves as one of the main coordinators of Support Ukraine UK Coordination Hub relief efforts.
- An Ukraine Army Deputy Platoon Leader who can help verify aid requirements and in-country conditions. In February 2022, he gave up his business life to defend his homeland. He is now serving on the front lines.
Michael is advised on Logistic needs by; -Kelly, An ex-US Naval Officer with extensive overseas operational experience. Kelly recently worked on logistics on the Ukraine border and is attending Tufts University to study for an MA in Law and Diplomacy.
Michael is supported by:
Amanda McGrath-a North London business owner and mum to three grown-up children who leads on fundraising and coordinating volunteers.
Nicola Cousins, from North London, is a retired teacher, businesswoman, and mother of two grown-up children. Nicola is helping with financial administration and raising/coordinating donations.
Jeff, from North London, who runs the North London Aid Collection Centre.
John, a retired businessman from North London who helps with raising and collecting donations.
The recent and ongoing Russian missile strikes on energy/water/civilian infrastructure across Ukraine highlight the country-wide need for heat/warmth, water, health and food security.
25% of Ukrainian hospitals are damaged or destroyed.
Driving Aid to Ukraine- next resupply trip- June 2023.
Donation Drop Off Locations1. North/Northwest London and South Hertfordshire
Driving Aid to Ukraine/Support Ukraine UK Collection Centre1a Horseshoe Close, London, NW2 7JJ (Off Oxgate Lane, Staples Corner near Brent Cross North London ). Open 10am-1pm Tues, Thurs and Sat. (NB. Closed 27th April-9th May)
2. Central/West/South West London
Support Ukraine UK Hub27 Bagleys Lane, Fulham, London, SW6 2QAOpen Mon-Sat 1030-1900
Detailed List of Needed Donations
New or ready-to-use condition items are welcomed. Please a request from our Ukrainian colleagues -no torn, dirty or excessively worn items and only new underwear.
General● Shoes & Boots ● New Socks & Underwear ● Clothes ● Jackets ● Sleeping bags ● Sleeping mats ● Camping Kit ● Tents ● Marquees● Thermos● Hygiene products ● Blankets, pillows, bedding● Dry food (i.e. protein bars, canned and tinned food, grains, pasta, rice, nuts, instant snack meals, tea & coffee, sugar, biscuits, cooking oil, salt and spices)
● Medication ( pain killers, flu and cold medication)● First Aid Kits/bandages ( Haemostatic Tourniquets, bandages of different sizes & width, post-op patches (Leopad), sterile gloves, immobilization plates for fractures, collars , water purification tablets, pulse oximeters)● Hospital beds/general furniture ● Specialist medical kit
Electrical /Tech● Garmin Instinct, 64 (66) Navigators● Motorola DP4400 UHF , DP 4800 UHF Band & DP4600● Radios & Walkie Talkies● Satellite Phones● ● Electrical Heaters● Generators● Chainsaws● Torches and Flashlights (including with red UV light)● Batteries ● Power Banks ● Building Tools
For children;● Children's blankets● Clothing● Baby food ● Instant porridges from 4 months. ● Fruit and vegetable purees.● Hygiene items (diapers for children, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shampoos, shower gels, wet wipes, baby creams). ● New School Stationery ● Colouring books, albums for paintings, paints, felt-tip pens and coloured pencils.
Collections/donations are coordinated by Nicola Cousins who can be reached at moc.liamg%402180snisuocalocin or 07762 096511.
Truck/Van loads of donations please contact Michael Byrne 07791912389
Why not buy goods directly in Ukraine Feedback from Ukrainian NGOs
"Ukrainian infrastructure has suffered an immense economic and physical shock. Areas recently reoccupied by Ukraine have been utterly devastated.
The war remains intensive and ongoing preventing a recovery phase from beginning properly. Energy and water infrastructure nationwide are targeted by missiles There is a general lack of supply in Ukraine and the cost of supplies is higher than in the UK.
Where we have local Ukrainian products available we order them in Ukraine and in this way we support local businesses.
It is often quicker and cheaper for us to pick, buy and sort goods here in the UK and send to the areas in Ukraine where it’s needed the most.
In this way, we can get goods to leave our UK warehouse quicker and in the same week they get distributed among people who live under constant attacks."
Why not buy goods directly in Poland From February 24, 2022, until September 26, 2022, more than 5.9 million refugees from Ukraine (13.5% of the Ukraine population) crossed the Polish border. Poland has already spent almost 1% of its GDP on helping Ukrainians.
70% of Poles helped Ukrainians in various ways: they sheltered them in their homes, provided clothes or hygiene products, transferred money to humanitarian funds, etc.
Currently, Ukrainians make up 8% of the population of Poland.
Poland has helped massively and continues to do so but they cannot alone: - look after the 5.9 million traumatised refugees who have crossed into their country.
-help the 7.7 million traumatised people (17.5% of the Ukraine population) internally displaced inside Ukraine.
-help the Ukrainian population inside the conflict zones.
-and prepare to be the front-line NATO state should the conflict escalate.
The message from both Poland and Ukraine - Please Don't Stop Delivering Donations
13 million Ukrainians (30% of the population) are displaced. Many have lost everything, including loved ones. There is an increase in single-parent families and orphans. Raising funds to pay for fuel to transport aid is a priority.
● Ukrainians surviving their harsh winter.● Raise funds to pay for fuel to transport aid.● Organizations struggle to get donated U.K. aid transported directly to Ukraine's conflict zones/refugee centers. ● The scale and urgency of the need. ● The complexity of the mix of new crisis interventions / helping displaced people recover & restart their lives.
Summary of the Areas delivered so farKharkiv, Sieverodonetsk, Chernihiv, Bakhmut and other civilian centres across Ukraine. (See picture summary below)
CostAll our time is free. We are a non-profit organization. Your donation will directly cover transport costs.
Please Press the donate button and contribute what you can towards fuel and help get this aid moving.
Next tripsThe next articulated truck trip is leaving in June
Volunteers-Currently, we need volunteers with social media campaign skills, experience in gaining corporate donations, grant writing and general fundraising.
Potential Volunteers, please contact Amanda at moc.tenretnitb%40htargcm_a
Do circulate this link to your contacts.
(Driving Aid to Ukraine - a nonprofit organization.)
Picture summary of aid trips
How we helped
16th June 2022
July Trips for Aid to Kharkiv and Front Line Communities
The next trips in July are planned for 'Ukraine Telford' to deliver aid to Kharkiv and 'Support Ukraine UK'.to provide aid to front-line communities.
Again your support and help are appreciated to make these trips happen.
7th June Trip- Donations delivered to the Ukraine border
Five pallets worth of Support Ukraine UK donations were delivered to the Ukraine border today. They will be on their way shortly to the front line.
Thank you for your tremendous support!
We are off!
An update from France. Donations successfully collected this afternoon from Support Ukraine UK. These donations will be delivered on Thursday and transferred to civilians living at the front lines.
Ukrainian nationals volunteering in Poland
Ukrainian nationals volunteering in Poland send their heart felt thanks to all for your help and support. Your support made this delivery of a 7.5 ton truck loaded with donations possible. The volunteers were clear 'the donations, as well as being absolutely needed, demonstrate to them they are not alone-you and are making a difference to them and Ukraine'
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