HcL arrive in Ukraine with resources for children with disabilities

Friday May 31st 2024

HcL bus

Bus arrival at the Centre in Ukraine

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

HcL Handicabs Lothian working in partnership with SEAG (South Edinburgh Amenities Group) have arrived at the Khmelnytskyi City Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for children with disabilities in Ukraine.

In January 2024 Lesia the CEO of SEAG brought to HcL’s attention that the centre would really benefit from one of their adapted buses in these increasingly difficult times. The board of directors voted that they should and could support this and would donate one of HcL’s adapted 9-seater buses.

HcL then reached out to the public, Ukrainian organisations, charities, and local businesses to help fill the bus with adapted equipment, sensory toys and mobility aids for the hospital. Thanks to the support, on Friday May 24th HcL CEO Kelvin Cochrane started the journey in the 9-seater adapted bus filled with equipment. Leaving from their Loanhead depot in Edinburgh to the hospital in the Khmelnytsky region of the Ukraine, covering a staggering 3,134 km.

The centre visited provides services for more than 80 children but due to limited facilities and space the hospital can only accept 30 children daily, the children ages vary from 4-16 years of age. HcL hope that the adapted bus and equipment donated will support the essential work they carry out. With it being 2 years into the war on Ukraine they are humbled to be able to help in this small way.

The bus and donations were handed over on Tuesday following a 4-day journey.

Kelvin Cochrane from HcL said

“I felt very humbled and emotional at the welcome Lesia  and I received. the Centre staff were very thankful for the bus and all the equipment, there were tears of gratefulness all around. I’m thankful for the support from Lesia, HcL’s and SEAGs board and everyone who supported the aid campaign”.

Lesia Herasymchuk the CEO of SEAG and who is from Ukraine and joined HcL on the journey said

“I was deeply moved by how grateful the children, parents and staff were of our support. Our gifts will give them greater opportunities to access the services they need”.

HcL were grateful for the positive involvement within the community, and were supported by the following businesses, organisations and charities: EVOC, TASH, AUGB, Sunflower Scotland, CPG Ukraine, Reusing IT who all work tirelessly to support Ukraine.

As well as received sponsorship from South Queensferry Rotary, BEAR Scotland, HW Pickrell, Loanhead church Tea and Chat group. With Fast Aid Edinburgh office donating equipment and K & I Ltd servicing the bus.

Furthermore, they are grateful for the help and service provided by the drivers and passengers.

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