Maldon florist travels 2,100 miles with donations to Ukraine
A business owner has traveled over 2,000 miles to deliver much-needed supplies to Ukrainian refugees.
Jaymey McIvor has set up a donation point at Talking Flowers in Maldon High Street for residents to drop off supplies for Ukrainians.
The business is part of the Capital Flowers Florists group and the Maldon branch, run by Jaymey, has been inundated with donations.
The 23-year-old entrepreneur set to work with his friend Mark Platt, packing boxes, donated by removals company Pretlove’s, with medical supplies and toiletries donated to Talking Flowers stores in Essex .
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The couple drove a van loaned by the Chigwell Group, which also covered travel costs for the 2,100-mile trip after group chairman Dean Floyd was impressed and wanted to help.
Customers have also kindly made donations to help fuel the trip.
Jaymey and Mark drove for over 34 hours to Poland and back, staying in Warsaw before returning.
Jaymey said: “The 17 hour drive was worth every minute when the kind volunteers in Poland received our much needed donations.
“As we got closer to Warsaw, we were among others who showed initiative across Europe, waving and greeting each other.
“There was a tremendous sense of camaraderie with others.
“The closer we got to Poland, people would greet us recognizing the purpose of our trip because of the design of the Chigwell Group van.”
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The couple met with volunteers at the distribution center in Warsaw who confirmed that the donations would go directly to their contacts in Ukrainian hospitals and civilian areas.
“I felt I owed it to the generosity of my Maldon customers to see the donations get where they needed to go,” Jaymey continued.
“We haven’t just gone the extra mile, we’ve come most of the way.”
Other Maldon businesses have supported the initiative and Jaymey thanked them and the Chigwell Group, his friend Mark and the Capital Flowers teams for all their help.
But Jaymey says her biggest thank you goes to her customers and added: ‘The generosity of my customers meant that every donation was of quality and will therefore make a huge difference.’