Weʼre raising £10,000 to provide critical medical supplies for Ukraine
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We need to restart our Crowdfunding page, as we have reached the fundraising anniversary which I would rather not reach - crowdfunding for the tactical medical supplies for 18 months. The crowdfunding page had to close after 12 and then again after 6 months as per Justgiving rules, and though we almost reached our 100 000 pounds aim with 90.000 raised, we still need to send more supplies every week and hope to reach the 100 000 target by raising additional 10 000.
The world is in awe of courage, resilienc and, strength of Ukrainians, fighting for freedom. For us it meant sending medical supplies where they have been needed most : to the front line, to the Oncology Centre in Kyiv, a hospital near the front line in Kramatorsk, Civilian Community Centres of Resilience.
We are so grateful to all our donors - from seven year old Orly, who was colouring and selling his pictures to raise funds, to anonymous and very generous donors donating thousands. Apart from raising funds, we had amazing donations from medical companies - SP Services, Kays Medical, Haddenham Healthcare, AQS Medical. We had retailers and companies fundraising for us - Dima's Vodka, Fallows restaurant, Sam's Riverside, bars across London... and bold Franchetti Bond, selling sunflowers to raise money for us, and still displaying a massive poster of Zelensky as a 'Great British Icon. in the shop window in the centre of London.
Who would have thought that we would deliver life saving medical supplies with those who are supposed to entertain us - Felicity Spector, a senior TV producer and Baker Extraordinaire and Ukrainian rock band Antytila!
My family, friends and neighbours, who ran the fundraisers ( DJs and Ukrainian Dumplings events - thank you, Maria! Dima at Barnes Fair and Chiswick Cheese Market and many other fundraisers ), who packed the first aid kits, collected medical supplies, drove vans and carried boxes - I am not the only one indebted to you!
Thousands of Ukrainians, whose lives you saved, will be grateful to you forever. Though we have reached 90 % target with financial donations, we have doubled that with all the medical supplies that were donated directly.
Ukraine is standing. Ukraine is fighting and we still deliver tactical first aid kits, tourniquets, Celox gauzes, specialized bandages and burn dressings. We can't always tell you where we deliver, or how for security reasons, but boxes are leaving every week to reach those who need them most.
I put a note in sometimes , wishing that those on the front line never need to unpack our supplies - it will mean that they are safe, they are not bleeding - but, sadly, we are asked for more again and again... Please encourage your colleagues, friends, families to donate. Anything, however small, is much appreciated. We will be posting updates every day this week to thank those who have supported us and give the updates we were too busy to give in the last three months.
And one more wish I make every day - let there not be another anniversary of fundraising - due to Ukrainian victory coming soon! Thank you for standing with Ukraine , your support is invaluable! Slava Ukraini!
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