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Weʼre raising £45,000 to fund the purchase of ex-NHS ambulances. We work with Medical Aid Ukraine (MAU) who provide donated medical supplies and transfer to Ukraine.

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AUGUST 1 2022 - TWO more ambulances delivered in our fourth mission as the latest set of drivers return to Warwickshire.

The team are delighted to welcome back the four co-drivers who delivered the ambulance donated by the set of Holby City and another Mercedes Sprinter funded by our supporters. They left Stratford upon Avon Friday afternoon and handed over in Poland just 20 miles from the Ukraine border in the early hours of Sunday morning. The July side-by-side mission with two other groups from Coventry was overseen by Tania Hébert of Medical Aid Ukraine in the West Midlands who worked with Stay Safe Ukraine to coordinate the handover and paperwork, ensuring safe passage across the border and arrival at identified hospitals. We are grateful to all for their part in securing this delivery.

THANKS TO ALL VOLUNTEERS who collected, sorted, catalogued and packed thousands of items of medical aid - you fill 🚑🚑

THANKS TO ALL SUPPORTERS who gave storage space, time and expertise, who fixed our ambulances at short notice - you fuel 🚑🚑

THANKS TO ALL SPONSORS who donated financially and in kind - you fund 🚑🚑

LATEST NEWS - We continue to fundraise as one of the first two ambulances donated and delivered by Alf & Mark has been destroyed. Everyone is deeply relieved no casualties in the shelling of the building. However, we have been told the ambulance was being used on a daily basis to ferry wounded. Ambulance Aid is on standby to deliver another two ambulances, including Holby City. It is going out to save real lives.

UPDATE JULY 2022 - Ambulance Aid has now fundraised and delivered five ambulances and one donated SUV, thanks to our supporters and sponsors.

This month, four Warwickshire women drove another ambulance purchased by Ambulance Aid funds and an SUV donated by IM Group of Solihull. The two emergency vehicles were packed with over 28,000 items of medical supplies, sorted and itemised by local volunteers from Medical Aid Ukraine - West Midlands.

Items included medical equipment such as patient monitors and infusion pumps kindly donated by Warwick Hospital SWFT, and external fixators - limb saving equipment - donated by the Barbers Association on recommendation of leading Orthopaedic surgeon (and previous driver) Dr Chris Lavy.

The BBC-donated Holby City ambulance was held back for repairs and will now be heading out in July. We are increasing our JustGiving target to £40,000 to buy an additional ambulance and fund the delivery of these two vehicles.

Community donations are welcomed - many medical supplies can be purchased over the counter. We encourage shops and community facilities to set up “MedicalBanks”: secure collection points in villages and towns in South Warwickshire. Contact the group for the list of supplies and to arrange collection. Contact Tania Hébert at medicalaidukraine.westmidlands@gmail.com if you can help.

UPDATE JUNE 1 2022 - We have now sent a total of four ambulances to Ukraine with the funds raised to date. The team are on a last push now to fund an additional ambulance to accompany the BBC-donated Mercedes Sprinter from the set of Holby City.

Handover in Poland of two more ambulances by drivers, Ian Smith and Tim Spurgeon, Vivian Addy and Chris Lavy (pictured)

UPDATE MAY 2022 - Since Alf, Mark, Richard and Bogdan drove the original two ambulances to Poland in April, this page has raised £25,000.

Alf and Mark bought decommissioned Mercedes Sprinters, as they are the most reliable make and model of emergency vehicle and parts are readily available. These currently cost £8k-£9k. With associated expenses such as ferries, fuel, servicing and insurance, we need to raise in the region of £10k-£12k to buy and fund delivery of one ambulance to the Polish/Ukraine border. With such goodwill from the region, the team has decided to stretch their target, to pay for two more ambulances in addition to the costs of the first trip.

LAUNCH APRIL 2022 - Alf Rajkowski, a retired businessman based in Hampton Lucy, has close family ties to Poland. Like everyone, he has watched events in Ukraine unfold with horror. Determined to personally make a difference, he put a call out to his network including Snitterfield Sports Club and Stratford Tennis Club. From a kitchen table in Snitterfield, Ambulance Aid was founded. The non-profit organisation is run entirely by local volunteers offering time and professional expertise to oversee fundraising and the purchase of emergency vehicles.

Ambulance Aid's mission is to fund the purchase of ex-NHS ambulances. We work with Medical Aid for Ukraine (MAU) who provide donated medical supplies and transfer from Poland to Ukraine.

Ambulance Aid is raising funds to buy de-commissioned NHS ambulances, which cost in the region of £8k. Alf and his friend, Mark Pritchard-Jeffs, have already purchased two ambulances and are making arrangements to leave early April 2022. They will deliver the vehicles to an ambulance service in Poland who arrange the border crossing into Ukraine. Alf and Mark will then fly home to the UK.

Working with Ambulance Aid is Tania Hébert, a Ukrainian GP living and working in Coventry. She is the West Midlands lead for Medical Aid Ukraine (MAU), a UK network of Ukrainian and other doctors. MAU is a collaboration of the charities British Ukrainian Aid and Ukranian Medical Association in UK. They are cooperating with the Ministry of Health in Ukraine, and have been successful, in contrast with other larger charity organisations, in getting aid out to distant Ukrainian cities in the East, South and North.

Tania and MAU have arranged for a letter of authorisation for the ambulances from the Ukrainian Embassy and Ukrainian Ministry of Health for Customs, as is the case for all their transports, allowing the transportation of medical equipment. Secure routes have been agreed.

Tania, through MAU, is liaising directly with the Ministry of Health and many medical colleagues and friends in Ukrainian hospitals. They have set up a simple google form for Ukrainian hospitals to formally request supplies, and have IT systems and logistics team which match donations in the UK to requests in Ukraine.

Aeros at Wellesbourne Airfield have provided Medical Aid Ukraine West Midlands with safe and secure storage so that donated medical supplies can be sorted by local volunteers.

Donations in kind are sought from health care settings in South Warwickshire. This includes: NHS trusts, GP surgeries, care homes, dental surgeries, healthcare companies, veterinary practices and pharmacies. Contact Tania Hébert at medicalaidukraine.westmidlands@gmail.com if you can help.

Community donations are also welcomed as some medical supplies can be purchased over the counter. We encourage shops and community facilities to set up “MedicalBanks”: secure collection points in villages and towns in South Warwickshire. Contact the group for the list of supplies and to arrange collection.

A non-profit company in the name of Ambulance Aid Ltd has been set up to receive funds. Directors include local professionals giving their time free of charge to provide oversight.

Any remaining funds will be donated to Medical Aid Ukraine - part of British Ukrainian Aid (Charity number: 164472)

Ambulance Aid's mission is to fund the purchase of ex-NHS ambulances. We work with Medical Aid for Ukraine (MAU) who provide donated medical supplies and transfer from Poland to Ukraine.

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    TWO MORE AMBULANCES delivered to Ukraine in our fourth mission as the latest set of drivers return to Warwickshire. The four co-drivers delivered the ambulance donated by the set of Holby City and another Mercedes Sprinter funded by our supporters. They left Stratford upon Avon Friday afternoon and handed over in Poland just 20 miles from the Ukraine border in the early hours of Sunday morning. The July side-by-side mission with two other groups from Coventry was overseen by Tania Hebert of Medical Aid Ukraine in the West Midlands.

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    We are deeply relieved that only an ambulance has been lost. This Mercedes Sprinter was one of the first two donated to Ambulance Aid by Alf Rajkowski and Mark Pritchard-Jeffs. It left Hampton Lucy with Alf, Mark, Rich and Bogdan in April. It was unloaded in Odesa and carried on its work in Slov'yansk. On Thursday morning at 4am, the building where it was housed was shelled. It normally does its rounds at 6am. The medic escaped with concussion. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-62278484.amp

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Ambulance Aid’s mission is to fund the purchase of ex-NHS ambulances. Donated medical supplies and transfer from Poland to Ukraine is provided by Medical Aid Ukraine (MAU), a collaboration of the charities British Ukrainian Aid and Ukranian Medical Association in UK.

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