Plea for transport help from Ukrainian family living in Newbury hoping to help those family and friends in need in Chernihiv
A Ukrainian family who are collecting items to send back to their war-torn country are desperately appealing for a vehicle to help them get it all there.
Mikola, known as Kolya to his friends, his wife Hanna and daughters Katya, aged seven, and 11-month-old Uliana are currently living with Margo and John Payne in Newbury, having made the dangerous journey from their home in the northern city of Chernihiv, through Ukraine, Warsaw and Berlin.
And now that his family is safe Kolya, who has a medical exemption so has travelled to the UK with his wife and children, has turned his attention to getting help to his family and friends still in the villages around Chernihiv, which have been left destroyed by Russian occupation.
Former mayor of Newbury Mrs Payne said that unfortunately the vehicle they had initially thought they had has now fallen through and they have no way of transporting the items to the Poland/Ukraine border.
From there contacts of Kolya’s will transport it to where it is needed most.
“We have had an amazing response to our appeal,” added Mrs Payne.
“We have been given lots of doors and windows and generators to the point that we cannot take any more because they are too heavy to transport.
“We have lost count of the number of sleeping bags and tents arriving, in all sizes.
“I get another phone call at least every other day; it’s amazing.”
But they now need to find transport and a co-driver to get the items to the Ukrainian border where Kolya has arranged for a van and trailer to collect them and take them to Chernihiv and the surrounding villages.
The items can only be stored for another few weeks, so Mrs Payne said the pressure was now on to find help to get all the essential equipment to Ukraine.
“We have really been overwhelmed by the wonderful donations people have given us,” she added. “If it all works this time then there’s nothing to say we can’t do it again in the future.
“We are so grateful for all we have got but we now don’t think we can take any more generators, windows or doors.”
If you are able to help with transport you can contact Mrs Payne on 07748 765759 or email her on email@example.com
She said they were still able to take more sleeping bags and tents too.