We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support of the people of the archdiocese
Three vans filled with essential aid for the people of Ukraine left on Friday 22 July to take a third consignment from the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The vans delivered items such as dried food, medical supplies and building tools to Bishop Gregory Komar, from the Ukrainian diocese of Sambir-Drohobych.
The third trip saw volunteer drivers from the Liverpool Archdiocesan Offices: Chief Operating Officer, Martin Miller, Safeguarding coordinator, Mark Robson, financial controller Andrew Davis and accountant Darren Melling. Mike Sharkey and Leanne Westcott from the archdiocese supplier Greenmount Projects drove the other van.
Martin Miller said: ‘Since we launched the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal in March, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support of the people of the archdiocese who have donated goods, money and their time to make this appeal so successful.
‘We are in regular communication with Bishop Gregory and on every trip we have refined the aid that we have delivered to reflect the requests of the people of Ukraine so they are getting items they so desperately need.’
The archdiocese partnered with local organisations to help make the trip possible. PSD Vehicle Rental provided three vans for the journey, Greenmount Construction supplied building tools and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust donated medical aid.
The food supplies were financed by donations from the appeal which has so far raised over £134,000. Donations are still welcome and more details of how to donate can be found at: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ukraine-support
Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald celebrated Mass at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre on Friday 22 July before blessing the vans and the drivers.
The consignment arrived at the Ukrainian/Polish border on Monday 25 July to meet Bishop Gregory and hand over the consignment. Speaking to Martin Miller Bishop Gregory asked for continuing prayers for the people of Ukraine, ‘pray and keep praying so that people will remember us and hold Ukrainians in their minds and hearts’. He expressed his gratitude for the donations and explained how the aid will be used, ‘we have a number of centres where there are refugees that the Church looks after and we will use this aid for those people. We will also send what is necessary to the east of the country through our parish system.’
Bishop Gregory concluded by saying how important the contact is for the people of Ukraine, he said, ‘we need human contact, and it is important that we see you, that we talk with you and that you understand our situation.’
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