A group of friends and colleagues from the insurance industry are heading to Ukraine in early November to provide much-needed aid to refugees affected by the ongoing conflict in the region.
John Green, legacy portfolio claims manager at Clegg Gifford, part of the Markerstudy Group, will be joined by John Gibson of Kennedys, Gary Mason of Progress Vehicle Management, Tony Allen of Insenture Underwriting, Ben Robertson of Robertson & Co, Patrick McCarthy of Horwich Farrelly, Adrian Gilbert of SX3, and Nick Hilton of Markerstudy Insurance Services.
They will be headed to Saint Nicholas Children’s Hospital in Lviv to deliver four ambulances, clothing, food, and other supplies. Clegg Gifford, Markerstudy Insurance Services, and Kennedys donated funding for one ambulance. Clegg Gifford has also provided insurance cover for all four vehicles, while UK non-profit organisation Casus Pax offered medical supplies worth £20,000.
The trip marks Green’s fifth charitable expedition to Ukraine. Over the past two years, Green and others have driven more than 10,000 miles and distributed over £100,000 worth of supplies.
“The support we’ve received once again has been overwhelming and really drives us to complete the mission,” he said. “I’ve got three kids, so they panic every time I go away. But they do understand the bigger picture. My wife’s not overly happy about it, although she's very supportive. But you only live once. I want to make a difference, I guess.”
In addition to the relief efforts in Ukraine, Green has also secured £45,000 in funding from Robertson & Co. The money will go towards building playgrounds in three schools in Africa, to be done in collaboration with Tony Allen’s African Revival charity.
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