Charity sends van full of generators to Ukraine

A load of people loading up a van with a mayor in official clothing watching
The generators will make it to Ukraine before the end of the week [From Bristol with Love for Ukraine ]

A charity has sent 34 generators to Ukraine in its latest shipment to help people living in the country's war-torn regions.

From Bristol with Love for Ukraine has sent a total of 71 vans full of supplies to Ukraine since 24 February 2022, including more than 11,000 boxes.

On July 6 the latest van was sent off with a ceremony that included a speech from Bristol's Mayor councillor Andrew Varney.

Volunteer Dr Ann Kennard said: "People think that Ukraine is being forgotten but it's not, this country has been very positive in its help and we will not forget them."

A team of people with Ukraine flags next to a white van
The Lord Mayor preceded over the shipment [From Bristol with Love for Ukraine ]

The van was loaded with supplies from the charity that are based in the Bristol International Centre for Ukraine on Greystoke Avenue.

It will take the team driving the van a few days to make it to Romania where they will then be taken over the border into Ukraine.

There they go to community hubs at safe underground locations where civilians can charge laptops, mobile phones, baby-cot batteries, torches and allow cooking to take place.

The charity relies on public donations.

Men loading boxes into a truck
More than 30 generators were packed up and sent to Ukraine [From Bristol with Love for Ukraine ]

Dr Kennard, a retired lecturer from University of the West of England said: "We have heard from our friends in Ukraine that the thing they need most is generators and we're pleased to help.

"Ukraine's power plants have been really damaged, for instance Kharkiv’s three major power plants have been completely destroyed.

"So we know this is what they need and everyone has been so generous".

Dr Kennard explained that the group are inundated with donations of items and money which has enabled them to buy the generators to send over.

From Bristol with Love was set up by Dr Razvan Constantinescu, honorary consul of Romania in Bristol.

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