A FUNDRAISING drive has been launched to help pay for fuel taking vital aid to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.
It’s been organised by the team at Steam Detailing and Valeting in Windsor Road Redditch, led by Katarzyna Tuckowska-Zysk.
“We’ve already sent out one lorry with 30 pallets and two big vans and we’re just waiting on a trailer to take a further 10 pallets of aid out,” she said.
“While the fuel for those vehicles was provided free, it’s become obvious that as more vehicles go out we need to make a contribution to cover the cost to get the aid out there to the people who need it.”
Key to that is making sure the aid is what’s needed and it’s going to the correct destination.
“Lots of organisation is required and I’m not a particularly patient person but we have to make sure we get it right!” said Katarzyna.
Although Redditch’s Polish community has been at the heart of the operation it’s brought people from across the borough together, including both left and right on the political front.
Labour’s Bill Hartnett was one of the many volunteers helping to load the lorry at the weekend – a task which couldn’t have been done without the help of a forklift truck from Dormer Plant Hire – owned by Conservative Council Leader Matt Dormer.
Katarzyna is hoping to raise £2,000 to help pay for fuel.
To contribute to the campaign, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/midlandspolishcommunity.