We never thought for one minute we would see this conflict in our lifetime and we knew we needed to help in some way. A.R.Richards Ltd is fortunate enough to have the facilities, manpower and logistics to be in a position to help. We put an alert out to all customers, suppliers, staff and social media (and pulled in a few favours) to ask for donations and contributions towards an artic wagon load of supplies to be delivered to Kalisz, Poland.
The response we had was overwhelming and we were blown away by peoples generosity, even down to food for people sorting donations and money to the drivers for food and drink for their journey. We also set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for the fuel, which has managed to generate and amazing £3,943so far!
Teams of staff and volunteers gave up their time to help sort all the donations into categories and label them up ready to be loaded on Tuesday. With everybody’s help we exceeded our expectations and filled an artic wagon, a van and trailer with much needed essentials. 544 bags and 26 pallet boxes!
Our boys set off on their journey on the evening of Tuesday 15th, heading to Calais, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and finally Kalisz, Poland.
After 1092 miles they made it safely to Poland on the morning of Thursday 17th and have been successfully unloaded. All donations were gratefully received, especially the baby supplies, as soon as it was offloaded, they were being provided to the hungry infants.
By midnight on Friday 18th the boys were back safely, they have done an amazing job and we are so proud of them.
We will be sending another load soon and have been given a list of supplies needed from the charity. Going forward we will be accepting donations of:
First aid kits
Personal care products
Food in cans/long term food products
Our site opening times for donation drop offs are: 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays.
We cannot thank everyone enough for all their help and donations.