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    Weʼve raised £26,484 to fund the continual: delivery of essential aid & collection of displaced Ukrainian Nationals & transport them to the safety of British homes.

    Trowbridge, Wiltshire
    Funded on Wednesday, 31st May 2023

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    Hi everyone,

    Simon and Chris cannot sit back for another minute and just watch what is happening in Ukraine.

    We must help the Ukrainian people directly so have bought a17 seat minibus for the sole purposes of:

    delivering emergency medical equipment and provisions to towns on the Polish/Ukrainian border

    transporting Ukrainian nationals to safe havens in the UK and to other parts of Europe.

    We will be leaving for Chelm on Polish/Ukraine/Belarus border on or before 11th April for the first of many trips to deliver essential aid and collect bereft families of women and children & bring them back to the safety and support of British homes and families.

    Simon and Chris are personally covering the purchase of the minibus and our own expenses en-route, but are asking for donations to cover costs that we will incur (please see estimates of costs below)


    Albie and Bob

    Sophie and Mark

    Mike and Patrick


    Jason and Hayley In Wiltshire Town Council Minibus 1

    Vids In Scouts Bus

    4th Trip Phil & Dave

    3rd trip Chris and Si

    Second Trip Phil and Levi

    First Trip Chris and Si

    Please contact us:

    IF YOU ARE A CHARITY: We are offering outward bound transportation to East Poland & Ukraine for your emergency medical supplies, equipment and provisions.

    IF YOU ARE A HOST UNDER THE HOMES FOR UKRAINE SCHEME: We are offering to collect Ukrainian nationals with visas who need transportation back to the UK.

    IF YOU ARE A UKRANIAN NATIONAL WITH A UK VISA: We are offering to collect you from Poland and give you safe passage to Trowbridge UK where we can arrange for you to be collected by your UK host

    We are delighted and very fortunate to have partnered with Ela Koscielna, Steve Jones, Halina Jot and Aleksandra Jarosz who complete the team by bringing an unparalleled level of logistical expertise, and an enviable network of official & personal contacts ‘on-the-ground’ in Poland and the UK

    Wish us luck! 🙏

    Wish us luck! 🙏

    Estimated cost per trip


    Minimum 2600 miles round trip Trowbridge - Chelm - Trowbridge

    Minibus consumption = 25 miles/gallon

    1 gallon Diesel = £8.20 approx

    104 gallons x £8.20


    Toll Roads say £100

    Ferry/tunnel for Minibus return approx £400

    Food for refugees on return journey - (estimate) 15 people x £25 per day × 3 days = £1,125

    Return Ferry crossing per refugee approx £30 x 15 people =£450

    Return Journey Accommodation 3 nights for 15 refugees

    Estimate 6 rooms x £50 per room = £300 minimum per night x 3 nights

    = £900

    £3827.80 minimum + 10% contingency

    £4210.58 per return Trip



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      • Louise Jackson

        Louise Jackson

        Dec 13, 2022

        Lovely to meet you at the Autumn Fair, Birmingham. Thank you for your time and all the best with your fundraising and work


      • axis first

        axis first

        Sep 21, 2022

        This is a wonderful initiative! Glad to support you in some small way.

      • Anonymous


        Aug 13, 2022

        You are truly amazing! Keep up the good work giving hope and changing lives.


      • Sylv


        Aug 9, 2022

        Sorry I’ve taken so long to do this, you are both amazing I am eternally grateful for all your support.


      • Hot Tomato

        Hot Tomato

        Aug 1, 2022

        Congratulations on a successful fund raiser and wishing you well with the valued project


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        Jul 19, 2022


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      Simon Beck & Christine Holden

      Simon Beck & Christine Holden

      Trowbridge, Wiltshire

      been a couple for the past 37 years established and run fashion accessories brand - PoM - for the last 33 raised a loving & caring family over the past 32 years moved to Trowbridge in 1995 & been very happy here ever since are very well travelled have an amazing group of friends

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