A pet rescue center in Rutherglen helps bring donations to the Ukrainian border.
Rescue Rutherglen works alongside dogs 2 you and several volunteers to bring donations to the Romania/Ukraine border this week.
The pet shelter uses the van to transport dogs from Spain to the UK, but has decided to go to Ukraine to help the thousands of refugees fleeing war.
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Carolyn Blackshaw told Lanarkshire Live: “It was originally the idea of my hauler Jane and it grew from there.
“We have a van that lives between Spain and London and we usually use it for our dog rescues, but we have decided to try and fill it with supplies that the refugees will need.
“We have an established Amazon ‘wish list’ for human and dog items, for things like first aid kits, sleeping bags and glucose drinks for them.
“All Amazon items are sent to London and then packed and loaded into the van and two of our volunteers will start driving there on Thursday.”
The packages arrive in London with another volunteer, Judith Apter, preparing them to be loaded into the van.
Carolyn added: “They will go under the Eurotunnel and cross France and other border countries and load the material and help where they can.
“It’s about a 26 hour drive.
“A lot of the people who started donating were people who originally gave me dogs and, well, Jane, she knew a lot of people.
“We started wishlisting on Saturday and had things on Sunday night.
“We started small, then we started adding other elements. He just grew arms and legs and everyone stood up and said, “I’m going to do this.”
The two drivers, Rory Sasse and Charlotte Brown, raised the £600 needed for fuel as well as the cost of the Eurotunnel.
Carolyn is a nurse and hopes to continue helping Ukraine in any way she can.
She added: “We have to see how it goes – and the race we might need some support.
“What the drivers do, they take turns, they pack everything up and take turns and help people at the border if needed.”
For anyone wishing to help out, items can be purchased from the wishlist here.
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