Atlas Copco dealer Ernest Doe has supplied 10 generators to Ukraine as part of a wider relief effort for the ongoing humanitarian crisis unfolding within the country.
Financed by Stuart Lucas and Ken Dawson, two local ex city businessmen, and sourced by Ernest Doe Ltd, UK based charity ‘Hope and Aid Direct’ is then transporting 10 Atlas Copco generators to Ukraine during the country’s ongoing conflict with Russia. The badly needed generators are due to arrive in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv by the 22nd of January, during the coldest weather of the winter. The need for generators in Ukraine is critical, with officials saying that over 50%of energy users in the country are without power. With the young, old and infirm particularly at risk, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told a recent emergency conference in Paris that generators are ‘as important as armour’ for Ukrainians surviving winter, which can see temperatures drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius.
Power to the people
The Atlas Copco generators being sent to Ukraine are both the Atlas Copco P3000 2.5kVA, with 220/110v sockets, and the Atlas Copco P6500 5.5kVA, with two 110V and one 240V socket. These generators will be critical in providing essentials, such as lighting and heating. Charles Storer MBE, Head of Operations for Hope and Aid Direct stated that: “The generators will be used in any situation, from shelters to shared households to doctors’ wards – wherever they are needed.”
“The demand for generators in Ukraine is so significant that it has virtually cleared the UK and Europe out of them,” says Ernest Doe’s Nigel Booley. “We begged and borrowed every unit from every showroom and branch in our network to fulfil this order. It was great to see how everyone rallied round to help this good cause.” Ernest Doe is a long-established family firm supplying machinery in the South-East and East Anglia.
According to Hope and Aid Direct’s Charles Storer, the generators are being loaded into a large Ukrainian 40-ton articulated truck together with food, blankets, toiletries and many other critical supplies. The truck will leave the UK on the 18th of January and return to Kyiv. Once there, the generators and other aid will be unloaded by affiliate aid workers in Ukraine and sent to the places and people that need them the most.
Hope and Aid Direct has been providing humanitarian aid since 1999to vulnerable people, and ‘deliver aid directly into the hands of those most in need’. The charity relies on donations and is volunteer supported. Its website can be found at www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk
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