Toy company Hippychick is supporting an initiative to transport essential supplies to Poland for distribution at the Ukrainian borders

Julia Minchin, owner and joint managing director of Hippychick, said: “With so many amazing efforts to help Ukrainians springing up all over the country, it’s really difficult to know which one to support. It’s also difficult to see any silver lining in these grim times but if there is one, it’s the extraordinary way in which the Western world has come together to support this humanitarian crisis. 

“With so many amazing efforts to help Ukrainians springing up all over the country, it’s really difficult to know which one to support. It’s also difficult to see any silver lining in these grim times but if there is one, it’s the extraordinary way in which the Western world has come together to support this humanitarian crisis”

Julia Minchin, owner and joint managing director of Hippychick

“After some thought, we’ve decided in the first instance to support an initiative spearheaded by a Somerset lady called Meg Hawkyard who has organised the collection of essential supplies and is working in conjunction with her friend Faye, who is based on the ground in Krakow, and will supervise the distribution of items to those who need it most. 

“One thing that Meg is struggling with is transport. This is where we can help, as we have at our disposal Hippychick vehicles which can accommodate up to 100sq m of supplies. My husband Jeremy [Hippychick joint managing director] has volunteered to drive the loaded van to Poland with others. Krakow is also a good destination for Hippychick as one of our suppliers (myHummy) is based there and has kindly offered to put them up before heading back to Somerset.

“With Meg’s contacts in Poland, she is entirely in tune with exactly what type of donations will be most useful to displaced families. These are largely medical supplies, and Meg has contacts for purchasing them at wholesale prices. If you would like to be part of this effort, please donate on her Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/transport-aid-to-ukrainian-borders.”

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