Donatable Collaborates Mammoth Effort with Qualkem to Drive Emergency Donations for Ukrainian families

Cheshire based social enterprise Donatable joined forces recently (Feb 28th to 4th March) with its member Qualkem Ltd to co-ordinate an emergency drop off point in Macon Way, Crewe for urgent supplies to be sent to Ukrainian refugees.

Cheshire business volunteers supporting the Ukrainian emergency appeal

Donatable is a social enterprise that brings businesses and local community groups together to respond to a community need. The social enterprise urged its members and the community to get involved and support Qualkem’s appeal in Crewe which is being driven over to Poland to support Ukrainian families fleeing the war invasion.

Boxes being prepared by volunteers for filling with donations

Co-Founder of Donatable Gareth Williams comments, “We have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed with the generosity from the local community.  From businesses donating vans, drivers and facilities to the general public dropping off bags of much needed clothes and supplies – everyone has gone the extra mile to show the Ukrainian people that we are thinking of them and want to help.

“We were delighted by a surprise visit from school children from Sir Thomas Moore (local) High  school who not only brought donations but also stayed to help create a human daisy chain to load the donation boxes into the waiting vans.

Local schoolchildren from Sir Thomas Moore High School brought donations and volunteered

“Our team of Donatable volunteers and Qualkem staff worked from early in the morning of Friday 4th March sorting through and boxing hundreds of items from nappies to warm blankets, dog food, toiletries, toys, clothes and shoes that had been donated throughout the week.

“Such was the response from the volunteering community that ITV Granada Reports came to view the efforts of the community coming together for themselves, This including being featured live on the early evening news with reporter Ralph Blunsom interviewing both myself and Ivan Anketell from Qualkem before setting the last van load of donations on its way.”

Ivan Anketell added, “We are one big family, and my immediate reaction when Gareth of Donatable contacted me, was how can we help. It’s been overwhelming receiving so many wonderful donations and desperate essentials in such terribly sad circumstances.

“We’ve had people donating in tears, staff crying and although it’s a very upsetting and scary time. During the week we have been blown away with the support and efforts of the local community. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially our fabulous team who managed a difficult week with sensitivity and professionalism.” 

The call now is for the community to make financial donations to support the safe transport of the items as it costs £1,000 to transport each lorry full of emergency supplies.

You can donate to the emergency appeal at the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.