MEDICAL supplies donated by Coventry and Warwickshire residents and businesses have arrived in Ukraine after three volunteers made the 1300-mile journey by minibus.
Jim Morris, Peter Kingham and David Whitehead drove a minibus from Life Church Bedworth to Lviv, 43miles beyond the Polish border, in shifts.
The minibus was filled with bandages, pain relief and specialist equipment and is now being driven by local Pastor Daniel to transport women, children and elderly people out of Ukraine.
Donations are estimated to be worth more than £20,000 and included five large boxes of unused professional health equipment from Coventry College.
The three volunteers travelled back from Poland but Life Church was scheduled to take on a second trip today (July 8) to do some work with Ukrainian children.
The church is calling for local people to give what they can.
Linda Baynes, work base Academy Technical Trainer at Coventry College and volunteer at Life Church Bedworth, said: “It’s fantastic that the College agreed for this equipment to be taken to Ukraine where it will be used on the front line in a show of solidarity with people still in Ukraine and other Ukrainians across the world.
“We received a message from a young pastor in Ukraine, who said ‘I hope they won’t forget us, just because the war is still going on, we need help’, and we want to do everything we can to assist them.
“As a volunteer at Life Church, I have seen the great things that can be achieved through community effort, but this is a truly impressive feat.
“By supporting the local community, the College has been able to play a part in, potentially, saving the lives of vulnerable people more than a thousand miles away.”
Items can be dropped off at Dovedale House, Life Church Bedworth between 9am and 4pm Tuesdays and Fridays.
Visit https://lifechurcheu.churchsuite.com/donate/fund/stqjob9u?fbclid=IwAR1jBvctQ0xm22uNvkXzLmKDWfY6W2h7O-Y_sHUQti2kLx9XRhkwkPivX2Y to donate to life church’s work in Ukraine.