Plant & Hire Aid Alliance plans October convoy to Ukraine

By Belinda Smart05 August 2022

The newly formed Plant & Hire Aid Alliance is planning an aid convoy to Ukraine on 16 and 17 October and is inviting plant and hire companies to take part; the UK-based alliance was spearheaded by Jeremy Fish, CEO of Ardent Hire Solutions, and has attracted initial support from industry. 

The aid convoy will leave on 16 October 2022 to take aid and supplies to Ukraine.

With the collaboration of Rotary International, it will drive to Kosice, in Eastern Slovakia, where it will deliver supplies to a warehouse; the supplies will be driven into Ukraine by local volunteers.

“This is already a tried and tested route that has made an impact to the lives of thousands of Ukrainians,” Fish confirmed.

In an open invitation to industry, he highlighted the importance of continuing to support Ukraine, particularly as the colder months approach. 

“The continuing war in Ukraine is likely to leave vast swathes of the population struggling as winter approaches,” he said.

“The ruling Russian elite will be hoping that the Western media loses interest in the war so that they can continue their invasion as part of fulfilling their aims. Already their hopes are becoming reality. The invasion is reported less in the media now than at any other time despite millions of people losing their homes and livelihoods and thousands of others losing their lives.

The Plant & Hire Aid Alliance is looking for plant and hire companies that would like to take part, he confirmed.

“The aid effort will require participants to procure items from a list that will be provided by Rotary International. These might be donated by local communities, schools, gyms, through fund-raising or from donations from customers and suppliers. Participating companies will also need to provide a vehicle and drivers as part of the convoy.”

Individuals or companies interested in working with the Plant & Hire Aid Alliance should make direct contact with Jeremy Fish at Ardent Hire Solutions. 

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