In collaboration with Chipping Campden, Medical Aid Ukraine (MAU), and a once-thriving town near Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine, the South Warwickshire-based Ambulance Aid organization has donated an ambulance stocked with medical equipment.Banker Roxanne Litynska and her husband, Dr. Dennis Ougrin of MAU London, traveled by car to the hospital in Zaporizhzhia last week.2,000 miles later, they dropped off most of the medical supplies and then drove to a nearby town to deliver the ambulance.
Only 2,000 of the town’s former 15,000 residents are still living there, mostly elderly people in precarious circumstances. There is no water, gas, or power, and daily bombings have severely damaged or destroyed most buildings.
Hundreds of hours have been invested by volunteers from the Stratford, Warwick, and Coventry areas in finding, gathering, and packing donated medical equipment.
Dr. Tania Hebert and Maria Leszczyszyn of MAU West Midlands organized this. They stuffed the ambulance full of gifts, which included a brand-new generator.
4Ukraine, a British volunteer organisation, drove it to London and added donations of combat tourniquets and surgical equipment.
This is the third ambulance purchased through Ambulance Aid with money raised by friends from the Chipping Campden group; including Simon Dunscombe, Andrew James and the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa.They were inspired by Ukrainians living in the town, Yuriy and Evgeniya Andrushchenko, who spent their life savings, on a Land Rover Defender ambulance for Ukraine.
Ambulance Aid is a local not-for-profit organisation set up in response to the invasion of Ukraine.