South region timber and builders merchants’ support for Ukraine

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A convoy of lorries has left timber and builders merchants Covers on a long journey to bring vital aid to the people of Ukraine.

The company has donated three crane lorries to the humanitarian organisation Stay Safe UA and now they are en route to help Ukrainian civilians near the front line.

The lorries, with volunteer drivers Chris Hurst, Malcolm Sargeant, Jamie Lewis and Lina Lazar from the Healing Hands Network charity at the wheel, are heading for the

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Poland/Ukraine border, where they will be handed over to Stay Safe UA.

Their eventual destinations are Bakhmut and Kherson, a journey of about 1,800 miles.

The lorries are loaded with a forklift, a tracked recovery vehicle, a Bobcat loader and angle broom for rubble clearance and a container of equipment including fridges,

freezers, clothing and medical supplies that have either been donated or paid for with donations.

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One lorry will carry a mobile shower unit, another one will become a mobile bakery and the third will be used for transportation tasks wherever the need is greatest.

Covers, which has 15 depots across Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent, has been working closely with the charity UKtoUkraine, founded by Caragh Booth, James Boughey and Pip Holmes.

There to wave off the convoy from Covers’ HQ in Chichesterr were Covers chairman Rupert Green, Pip Holmes and Henrietta Nettlefold from UKtoUkraine and Sue Stretton and Steve Grayson from the charity Healing Hands Network, which works with UKtoUkraine.

Green said: ‘UKtoUkraine, Healing Hands Network and Stay Safe UA do fantastic work getting aid to the Ukrainian people.

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"We hoped our lorries and forklift might be of some use, but didn’t imagine how many problems it would solve for Stay Safe UA.

“Then, of course, there was no point sending them empty - the joint fundraising from UKtoUkraine, Healing Hands Network and Covers generated a really generous response which was used to purchase the Bobcat, the container and lots of life-saving medical supplies.”

Caragh Booth, of UKtoUkraine, said: “When an e-mail arrived from Covers offering us three Mercedes crane lorries for Ukraine, we jumped at the opportunity.

“The benefits of these lorries are two-fold. Firstly, they can carry the donations on board to the Ukraine. Then they can be used as a mobile shower unit and bakery, to transport goods and for loading and off-loading, especially moving larger generators donated by UKtoUkraine.

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Chichester District Council leader Adrian Moss said: “I was really delighted to attend the sending off of the humanitarian aid to the Ukraine from Covers.

“We are so proud that Covers, a really important local business, has made this massive contribution to supporting the Ukraine with much-needed aid and the donation of the

lorries and forklift.”

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