Words by Smiley Team
A UK beauty company has teamed up with a local pet transport business to deliver hand sanitiser to Ukraine and Poland.
Beauty business Watermans recognised the difficulties in keeping people healthy and safe from coronavirus during displacement and chaos. Sanitiser can also be a vital help with wound cleaning and general essential care, in hospitals and shelters.
“Given the scale of what the people of Ukraine are facing, Watermans want to provide as much support as we can. To the people in Ukraine and the people who are yet to leave the country," say owners Matt and Gail Waterman to Smiley News.
“We are doing the best that we can to help, and we are hoping this will help the people in Ukraine during this crucial time. We are also hoping to donate more items in the forthcoming weeks.”
So far, the company has donated 50,000 units of hand sanitiser, enough to fill two shipping containers.
They teamed up with Chesterfield based C Four Paws, a pet transport business, to arrange the shipping of these vital sanitiser products. Three local men from the C Four Paws team are driving to Poland with a van full of other items for refugees, including the hand sanitiser.
The containers are due to arrive in Poland soon and from there Watermans hope to be able to arrange a shipment into Ukraine also.
“We are grateful for the local businesses coming together to support, all the donations provided have been a huge help, and we are trying to help as much as we can. We received such an incredible response from local people and businesses," says Julie Adams of C Four Paws.
“We are pleased to say that within less than a week of the appeal the items are now on their way to those who need it most. Watermans donated a huge amount of hand sanitiser which is critical for people at this time. We filled two shipping containers full of contributions which is just extraordinary.”
Watermans are also currently working with the NHS and MOD to try to arrange further donations and to get medical-grade sanitizer into Ukraine hospitals where it is needed most.
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READ: For more ways to support people hit by the conflict, read this article on ways to help Ukraine and charities you can donate to.