Eden Aid One Year On

From a small initiative to a life-changing mission

A year has passed since the Eden Aid initiative began, and your generosity has enabled more than a thousand displaced Ukrainians to start new lives.

In March 2022, a local farming family in the Eden Valley, Cumbria, recognised the plight of the Ukrainian people and decided to take action. They rallied a small group of friends, secured two loaned trucks, and filled them to the brim with aid donations before driving to the Polish-Ukrainian border. The trip was a resounding success, capturing the hearts and minds of many Cumbrians.

The initiative quickly spread to other parts of the country, particularly Oxford, where an extended group of friends stepped up to help. They went above and beyond to get aid out to the Ukrainians, and as they continued their efforts, they soon realised the need to bring refugees back with them, making the trips even more vital.

Soon, multiple trips were being organised and scheduled to Ukraine on a weekly basis, thanks to the generous donations of mini buses from independent businesses and schools. A team of volunteer drivers, each sharing their knowledge of logistics, paperwork, and timing, resulted in highly efficient and effective aid convoys departing on a weekly basis, packed with medical, sanitary, and food supplies.

As the initiative continued to grow, it became clear that not only were displaced Ukrainians in need of assistance, but their pets were also suffering. So, on the return trips, the convoys brought back not only refugees but a plethora of beloved pets. Careful arrangements were made, and all were placed with host families in the UK, ensuring their well-being and happiness.

The efforts of these selfless volunteers have made a tremendous difference in the lives of those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, and we cannot thank them enough. Their hard work and dedication have truly touched the hearts of many, and we hope that their inspiring example will continue to inspire others to take action and make a positive impact on the world around us.

What started out as a small initiative was turned into a fully operational, registered charity led by Cumbria’s Nigel Harling and Oxford based Troels Henriksen.

We are immensely grateful for your support and for the ongoing efforts of all those involved. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

We received a lovely message this morning from Ksenia which I think says it all … “Hello, Troels! Today is 19th of April and it means that exactly one year passed from the day when we had our first journey to England with you and Andrew, you picked us up in Poland on 19th of April 2022. We are VERY VERY grateful to you, you all have done excellent! We are thankful to you and British government. You are all wonderful, amazing people with big heart, thank you A LOT!!!  🙏 X x “

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