The Polish Centre in Leamington has bought essential ambulances for Ukraine, writes David Harrop.
INSPIRED by the achievements of a 23 year-old Glasgow student, Umran Ali Javiad who drove an ambulance to the Polish border, Dawid Kozlowski of The Polish Centre was made aware of sisters in Ukraine who needed an ambulance to replace the 50 year-old ambulance they were using.
Turn the clock forward a few months and Dawid, plus three directors of Euro Car Parts, will be driving two ambulances to the Polish border on August 1 for use in Ukraine.
The funding and administration was made possible by Dawid and the directors of Euro Car Parts. They have had open collections across all ECP branches to support the ambulance initiative and will also provide insurance for the ambulances, cover fuel costs and accommodation for the trip to the Polish border.
Other funding was obtained by an event held at St Peter’s Church in Leamington which raised over £800. The Churches of Arden donated £5,000 and many companies and individuals donated via the Polish Centre go-fund me page.
In total £19,700 was spent to cover the cost of the two ambulances – one purchased in Tipton and the other in Manchester. They were inspected and chosen by an internal team of ECP and Halfords provided a free full service for them.
A special presentation and blessing for the ambulances will be held outside Leamington Town Hall on Saturday July 30 at noon. The ambulances will be there from 11am to 5pm for everyone to view.
People will be able to buy gifts and make donations for the Polish Centre’s other activities in Ukraine.
The ambulances will leave Leamington at 6am on August 1 for the Polish Ukrainian border. On the journey medical and other essential supplies will be given to a care home in Brzuchowice before arriving in Konin where a garage will convert them to left hand drive.
Finally the ambulances will be delivered by LQK Elit in Poland, a sister company to ECP, to the Ukrainian border. The whole process will take three weeks.
The humanitarian contributions The Polish Centre are giving to Ukraine are regularly updated on it’s Facebook page
There is also an online fundraising page to buy ambulances which can be visited here