ON behalf of Crediton Ukraine Support Group, Karen Todd presented a cheque for £100 to Joe Bussell of Exeter Friends of Ukraine at Crediton Congregational Church on Monday, August 14.

Members of Crediton Ukraine Support Group with Karen Todd (front right) Joe Bussell and Heather Sansom (first left). (NP 140823 01)

The money was raised by the group from trips to Knightshayes Court, Killerton Gardens and a fundraising event held at Crediton Congregational Church.

Joe accepted the cheque which will go to Exeter Friends of Ukraine, a volunteer group which collects and delivers aid by van, to Przemysl a border town east of Krakow. 

This is a round trip of nearly 2,900 miles costing approximately £2,000 per journey which takes six or seven days, with two volunteer drivers. 

Joe said:“ The van is due for its MOT and we need to raise funds for fuel for the trip.”

He is also raising £1,200 to help fund a second van which will be donated to the Ukraine Volunteer Unity Group to assist with the ongoing aid distribution for refugees and the military.

If you wish to donate you can do so by visiting Joe Bussell on Facebook and clicking on the flag which will take you to his Just Giving Crowdfunding page, any surplus raised will be spent in the UK.

Joe also takes medication and medical items to Ukraine, some of which is being collected in Crediton by Heather Sansom.

Heather told the Courier: “I can accept any unwanted prescription medication (even if it’s out-of-date) and over the counter medication.

“Ukrainian pharmacists will decide on its use.”

For more details email Heather at: [email protected] .