Central Window Systems has got right behind an initiative to deliver vital supplies to Ukrainian refugees in Poland spearheaded by Dave Walters, the CEO of leading West Midlands installer and Central customer DW Windows.
The full solution PVCu and aluminium fabricator has lent one of its vans to the Help Ukraine Appeal, which will be used to transport much needed food and medical supplies to Poland.
Dave and his four-man team set off on the trek with two vans, the other of which was donated by contract packing company Mixtio, at 4 am on Monday, March 21 and at the time of writing they were in the Netherlands after getting the ferry from Dover and passing through France and Belgium.
Dave, who collected donations from a local Asda and his three DW Windows showrooms, also set up a JustGiving page to raise funds to help buy further provisions when he’s out there and has currently raised mover £5,000 and counting.
The former Royal Marine and ex-firefighter, who has contacts in Krakow in Poland, explained his reason for organising the initiative.
“I want to do as much as I can for the Ukrainian refugees, centres and Polish organisations,” said Dave, who will spend a week out there.
“I’m told they’re inundated with clothes but need other provisions, so both vans are full of dry foods, sanitary products, baby food, nappies and medical supplies.
“I can only fit so much in, so while I’m there I’ll spend donations to buy further supplies from supermarkets to give to refugee camps and any others who need them, and if I can transport people to safety when I’m there, I will.
“I’d like to say a massive thanks to Central Window Systems’ Martyn Elwell and Gary Morton for kindly donating their van for the trip, and I’d also like to thank everyone who has supported us and donated so far.”
Central’s Sales and Marketing Director Martyn Elwell commented: “What Dave is doing is brilliant and we wanted to get involved and show our support, and we were delighted to donate the use of one of our vans to the cause.
“DW Windows are a valued customer, and we’d like to wish Dave every success out in Poland and a safe trip back.”
To make a donation and show your support, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dave-walters-Ukraine and to follow Dave’s progress, visit https://www.facebook.com/DWWindowsLtd.