Hampshire Plumber Helps Ukrainian Refugees

by Mr Radiator Ltd in Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Hampshire Plumber Helps Ukrainian Refugees

£7,762

raised so far

160

supporters

I am the Portsmouth Plumber and I am here to deliver humanitarian assistance to displaced Ukrainian people inside and outside of Ukraine.

by Mr Radiator Ltd in Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Well done ladies and gents. We hit the first target without a struggle! Thankyou so much for your donations.  Unfortunately the crowdfunding is lagging more and more each day. 

Mission one started as an idea to take my own van out to help Ukraine.  This led to two large crafter vans carrying 2.5 tonnes of aid.

Mission two blew expectations away once more, taking seven vehicles out with over 10 tonnes of vital humanitarian supplies. But behind the romance of the amazing work we have completed for humanity comes the reality. Funding fell short by several thousand pounds. We are not even close to our stretch target.

It's impossible to do this without your financial support.  My savings and disposable income have now reached their limit.  Don't let the work of my team of incredible volunteers end here.  Let's hit the stretch target.  The war is not over.  These people need us.


I am Luke, a Gas Engineer from Portsmouth, UK.

I have volunteered my time (and own money) to organise the logistics of humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees fleeing war. Collecting donations from a kind hearted population is the easy part. Getting them across Europe is not. It's time consuming and expensive.

Objective one was to collect and transport a van load of local donations to Poland. The plan was to use my own vehicle, but it quickly became apparent that the donations far exceeded the capacity. In 5 days this idea turned into two full crafter vans, full to weighted capacity, heading to Poland with 4 volunteer drivers. We shipped 2.5 tonnes of vital aid to Poland where it was distributed (on the same day in many cases) to Ukrainian people in Poland and within Ukraine.

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Objective Two, was to send out five vans full of aid.  Even though funding fell short by several thousand pounds, I couldn't leave any donations behind so this became a seven vehicle convoy with over 10 tonnes of vital aid.  Trauma, medical, sanitary and food (including 350kg of pet food)!  

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Job done? No, sadly it's just beginning. With the war raging on, things will deteriorate quickly as thousands more flee to safety and resources become completely overwhelmed. We are ready and waiting to send another aid shipment out ASAP.  But I cannot emphasise how much we need your support!

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I will be honest, I was quick to sign up to this, and I'm feeling a little left behind. I am seeing donations for similar projects snow-balling while here we are lagging behind and I just ask why? I am not in this for the Glory, I will not even name drop my business name, perhaps I should have followed up BBC and ITV on their interview requests? I just didn't think it was appropriate. Either way, not being able to deliver this much needed help is breaking my heart and the more invested myself and my team of volunteers become into this tragedy, the harder it is not to be able to assist.

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Sadly my personal savings only go so far.  I have stretched the purse strings and no longer have any further disposable income.   It has now come to the point where without funding I and a team of volunteers cannot deliver any more donations to where they are needed.

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So many of you have kindly donated your time, money, love and energy.  We need more people involved.  Please can I ask you kindly, to keep spreading the word, at every opportunity.  The higher the funding, the more vehicles and assistance that can be delivered. All assistance is on a volunteer and not for profit basis. Funds raised will be used strictly for transports costs and charitable donations on the ground.

We are not in it for the glory, we are in it for the good. Please help us!

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If you are able to offer sponsorship, especially on vehicle use, this would save hundreds in costs. Please please get in touch. If you can help with bulk donations of medical equipment and first aid this would also make a huge difference to thousands of peoples lives. Please get in touch. We are also happy to support other local projects that are collecting but suffering logistics hurdles but we cannot achieve this without the funding.

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Finally if you would be happy to donate your time and assistance please get in touch via Whatsapp on +44 7929 550014.  All excess funds that cannot be used for our campaign or to offer help on the ground will be donated to the Red Cross.

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