Several crate loads of non-perishable foods, baby supplies and other essentials collected by the team at Healthcare Management Solutions for Ukrainian refugees.

Healthcare Management Solutions Supports Local Aid Appeal for Ukraine

Healthcare Management Solutions is proudly supporting a local humanitarian aid mission to deliver essential supplies to those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Tom Matthews, the son-in-law of Healthcare Management solutions employee Elaine Wood, is making a humanitarian journey to Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees. Tom will be joined by his brother Sam on the journey from Great Wyrley in Staffordshire to the Ukrainian border departing on Wednesday 16th March 2022.

Having been in contact with those delivering humanitarian support for refugees in Poland, Tom and Sam have been able to establish a list of the most urgently required items. With the help of friends and family and their Facebook Group, the pair have been blown away by the generosity of the local community.

In addition, the team at Healthcare Management Solutions have donated a van load of dried and tinned food, baby supplies, toiletries and other essentials, while the company itself has contributed £500 towards the fuel costs for the journey.

A small van full to the brim with items donated by the team at Healthcare Management Solutions for Tom and Sam's humanitarian mission for Ukrainian refugees.

A small van full to the brim with items donated by the team at Healthcare Management Solutions

It’s in Our Nature to Want to Help People

Healthcare Management Solutions’ chief executive Tony Stein, said: “It’s impossible not to be moved by the scenes of people fleeing war in Ukraine. Everyone is moved to help, particularly those working in or associated with the care sector. It’s in our nature to want to help people.

“Tom and Sam have done something quite special here though and given up a huge amount of their time and energy to give practical assistance to those in need. The very least HCMS could do was make a contribution in some way. We wish them Godspeed and hope that the supplies that they take with them go some small way to making the lives a little less difficult for those Ukrainian refugees reaching Poland.  We look forward to keeping up with them through their Facebook updates.”

With such an overwhelming response to their community collection, it soon became clear that Tom and Sam would need a bigger van for the task. Answering a call on the Facebook page, Chase Van Hire in Rugely has helped them secure an appropriate vehicle just in the nick of time.

The night before starting his epic journey, Tom told his Facebook Group members: “All packed and ready to start our journey in the morning. Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed towards this amazing thing we’ve all helped to do!”

We’ll be following Tom and Sam’s journey to Ukraine closely and will update this page as their trip unfolds.

France to Poland

Day 1 took Tom and Sam across the Channel to France. Having left their home village of Great Wyrley around 11am UK time, their van full of humanitarian aid made it across the French border and into Belgium by nightfall.

Travelling through the night on the European motorway network, our travellers started day 2 of their journey with a stunning sunrise in Germany.

As they crossed into Poland, heading off the motorway through towns and cities, Tom and Sam admired the Eastern European landmarks and architecture.

By 2pm on Thursday 17th March, they were just a few miles from the aid drop off point.

We will keep you updated!