Your friends are fundraising. Don't miss out, opt in.

We did it!

Matthew Bates raised £25,707.23 from 502 supporters

or

Start your own crowdfunding page

Closed 20/07/2022

0%
£25,707
raised of £50,000 target by 502 supporters

    Weʼve raised £25,707 to Support territorial forces & refugees in Ukraine. We're in the top 1% of fund raisers. Practical help direct to those who need it most.

    Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
    Funded on Wednesday, 20th July 2022

    Don't have time to donate right now?

    Story

    *** UPDATE | We're in the top 1% of ALL Just Giving campaigns and delivering real help to brave soldiers and refugees in need. We've delivered two vehicles, body armour and specific supplies requested by a refugee centres in Mykolaiv. One of the vehicles we have sent has been destroyed by a Russian mine. Two men were killed and two injured. We're going to help their families and buy more vehicles and kit. Can you help? ***

    We've built Blake & Bull patiently in our peaceful corner of England. Seeing the destruction wrought in Ukraine by Russian forces is appalling. There are many ways to help, we've found a very direct route to do so.

    My friend Dr Daria Mattingly received her Ph.D from Cambridge University, lives in our lovely town of Bradford on Avon and is a Ukrainian from Kyiv. Daria has friends and family all over Ukraine and in Kyiv, she knows what they need and how we get it to them. It's the Territorial Army who need the most support. These are civilians, including friends of Daria, recently pressed into military service.

    The chap in the main picture? He graduated Kyiv Shevchenko University with Daria and was, until very recently, a civil servant. He is a father of two in remission from lymphoma. Now he finds himself on the frontline with a uniform and a rifle.

    We'll be buying, with your help, what he and his unit need but cannot source locally or in Poland. This will include (but is not limited to) radio equipment, body armour, medical supplies and specialist clothing. The most urgent requirement right now is for vehicles for mobility and medical evacuation.

    Why donate here?

    We've donated £3000 of company funds directly already, matching the first £3000 of donations. Our success has been a welcome surprise though and we've gone far beyond this. Every person at Blake & Bull has contributed in some form though and we'll continue to do this at no charge to the campaign. From our customer happiness team taking phone donations to fabrication team making parts for the vehicles donated we are happy to help.

    Our effort is completely transparent with every item of expenditure publicly recorded by Blake & Bull's Finance Director . We update regularly on the purchases and shipments we make.

    If peace comes to Ukraine soon, and we hope it does, we'll redirect our spending to items useful for rebuilding and supporting normal and happy life in Ukraine.

    I hope you can help. Matthew, Blake & Bull founder.

    Updates

    6

    • Matthew Bates2 years ago
      Matthew Bates

      Matthew Bates

      2 years ago

      I'm afraid todays update is to let you know that a few days ago the first vehicle we sent to Ukraine was destroyed by a Russian landmine. Of the 4 men in the truck at the time 2 were killed outright and 2 were injured. Anton, our contact in the unit, was not among the killed or wounded. We'll support the families of the killed and injured men directly. We'd like to replace the vehicle destroyed and deliver it, along with as many other life saving supplies, as soon as possible. Can you help? Read my full update at blakebull.link/ukraine6

      Update from the Page owner

      Share this update to help us raise more

    • Matthew Bates2 years ago
      Matthew Bates

      Matthew Bates

      2 years ago

      Early last week the second vehicle, a red Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4, purchased with your generous donations arrived in Ukraine! Read my latest update here... https://blakebull.link/update5

      Update from the Page owner

      Share this update to help us raise more

    • Matthew Bates2 years ago
      Matthew Bates

      Matthew Bates

      2 years ago

      Thanks to YOUR generosity we delivered one 4x4, 2 sets of body armour, 1 helmet, 40kg of infant milk formula, 1500 nappies & 5000 wet wipes. Next week we go again with another vehicle and the exact things that the shelter in Mykolaiv needs. Adult sanitary pads, medical gauze and wet wipes. Can you spare a few more pounds to help us buy those? Read my full update at blakebull.link/update4 Thank you!

      Update from the Page owner

      Share this update to help us raise more

    2 years ago

    Matthew Bates started crowdfunding

    Leave a message of support

    Page last updated on: 7/5/2022 14.12

    Supporters

    502

    • Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Jul 5, 2022

      Love La Casa Loco and her customers

      £149.00

    • The Son of a WWII Refugee of Latvia

      The Son of a WWII Refugee of Latvia

      Jul 4, 2022

      Thank you. All the best to those of Ukraine and any oppressed by Putin's "leadership".

      £50.00

    • Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Jun 29, 2022

      With Love La Casa Loco and her customers

      £146.00

    • Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Shirley Gale La Casa Loco

      Jun 19, 2022

      With love La Casa Loco and her customers

      £156.00

    • Jake

      Jake

      Jun 18, 2022

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 17, 2022

      Just so sad all you can do is try again

    • Serena

      Serena

      Jun 17, 2022

      Good luck you are doing very inspiring work

      £50.00

    What is crowdfunding?

    Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered nonprofit.

    The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.

    Great people make things happen

    Do you know anyone in need or maybe want to help a local community cause?

    Create you own page and donʼt let that cause go unfunded!

    About Crowdfunding
    About the fundraiser
    Matthew Bates

    Matthew Bates

    Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

    I'm the founder of Blake & Bull, a husband and a father. I was fortunate to be born in the beautiful, peaceful, well protected and tolerant country that is the United Kingdom. I can't bear to see a fellow European country dragged back into war and destruction. I want to help.

    Report this Page