Exmouth: Local home care company sends supplies to frontline in Ukraine
By Will Goddard
20th Sep 2022 | Local News
Home care company Bluebird Care, which has a branch in Exmouth, has been raising funds to send essential supplies and medicine to the frontline of Ukraine's war with Russia.
Directors of Bluebird Care Exeter, North, East and West Devon Will and Sara Flint have been building key contacts in Romania and Ukraine, such as a pharmaceutical supplier in Romania named Denis, and local volunteer groups in Kharkiv and Odesa.
More than £30k in critical medicine and first aid for soldiers and civilians has already crossed the border into Ukraine thanks to Bluebird Care, alongside:
· A vehicle for a volunteer who delivers humanitarian aid;
· A dozen tactical ear defenders;
· 21 radios for frontline operations in Kharkiv;
· An electricity generator for a Ukrainian brigade in the south of Ukraine;
· Support for three people to leave occupied Kherson;
· Support for a soup kitchen in Kharkiv that feeds 280 soldiers and 70 civilians per day;
· Full kits for 60 soldiers.
The Bluebird Care Exeter, North, East and West Devon directors are continuing to raise funds to support people on the ground in Ukraine, focusing particularly on the soup kitchen in Kharkiv that provides regular food aid for 350 people.
Those being supported include volunteers helping their fellow residents impacted by the war, the elderly who cannot cook for themselves, hospital staff, and young families.
A spokesperson for Bluebird Care said: "This has been incredibly fulfilling, we have been struck by the bravery and determination of these volunteers under such awful conditions. The bonds that have been created will last a lifetime!
"For the volunteers knowing that they are being supported by people outside their country, that they have been noticed and remembered, is hugely impacting."
The home care company says it has "undertaken due diligence" to make sure that no money goes to private individuals but instead transactions are made via mainstream banks between business accounts.
If you would like to donate to aid Bluebird Care's efforts, click here to visit its JustGiving page.
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