Brighton man supports Ukraine’s efforts with sixth relief mission

A MAN has praised Brighton for its continued support for Ukraine – as it prepares to deliver essential supplies to the country for the sixth time.

Jim Deans prepares to ship power generators and other essential supplies across the border as part of his sixth relief mission since the Russian invasion.

As the war approaches its six-month anniversary, Mr Dean has spoken of his travels in the country, including delivering a modified ambulance and driving the 1,300 miles back to Britain on his motorbike.

Mr Deans, founder of Sussex Homeless Support, said: “We supplied a converted ambulance, there are no longer roads so they also needed a 4×4.

“They’re used to get people out of areas they normally can’t reach. From time to time I get pictures of the ambulance in action.”

Mr Deans has already been to Ukraine five times to deliver relief supplies, three times in a convoy and twice with special deliveries for ambulances and other vehicles.

Mr Deans, a keen motorcyclist, also says he completed the 1,300-mile return trip on his Honda motorcycle, a journey that took two and a half days.

The Argus: Aid workers have traveled to Ukraine to provide vital assistance where it is most neededAid workers have traveled to Ukraine to provide vital assistance where it is most needed

He is now preparing for his sixth trip to the country, which will see the return of personal belongings to those who have returned to the country from Britain.

He added: “That’s a good indication. They are not here voluntarily and when they have peace in their country they will return.

“This is a huge step forward.”

Supplies badly needed in the country include fresh fruit and other food, and power generators to replace energy lost from shelling.

The generators, which can run on solar energy, are used to power medical equipment and other vital facilities in the country.

These generators are also silent, meaning they are safe to use by people hiding in shelters.

The cries for help come as Ukraine celebrated its Independence Day last week, which coincided with the six-month anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion in February.

Ukrainians living in the country celebrated Independence Day with small celebrations where possible, although restrictions and curfews remain in place. Brighton man supports Ukraine’s efforts with sixth relief mission

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