Only Lifts Ukraine Relief

Hastings-based Only Lifts has been organising desperately needed supplies for Ukraine after being moved by the crisis happening there.

Both Only Lifts directors Gary and Oksana Tidman both have personal ties to Ukraine – with Oksana herself being a Ukrainian national – and say they were motivated to support the relief effort to help their friends and family in the war-stricken country.

Focused on humanitarian and medical relief, the firm was encouraged by a £4,000 donation on Saturday by Hastings Masonic Lodge. A JustGiving page further boosted funds by £2,800 in the last 72 hours.

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Gary Tidman reported on Monday that 12,000 field dressings had been dispatched to Ukraine and that further shipments were planned by the end of this week.

Gary commented: “The response we have received has been incredible, what started out as a bit of fund raising has mushroomed into something more involved.

“We originally intended to simply donate the money raised to Ukrainian Aid, a London based charity, however they are so overwhelmed with donations and requests for assistance that they encouraged us to do what we could to source and ship the relief directly.”

Oksana added: “I have been able to speak directly with volunteers on the ground in Kyiv and get some idea of the most urgent items needed.

“I have also been in contact with Lviv Territorial Medical Union, which is a general hospital. They have provided a long list of medical supplies that are desperately needed”

Gary added: “Should anyone have any contacts that could assist with these products, either donated or to purchase, it would be a great help.”

The list of these supplies can be accessed through the Only Lifts website where a link to the firm’s JustGiving page can be found. Gary can also be contacted directly at hello@onlylifts.com.

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