From the beginning, RBB has been involved in the collection of vast amounts of aid within the UK and shipping it to our areas of support.
For this we worked with local and national organisations, businesses, as well as independent supporters and volunteers, often setting up multiple collection points throughout the UK.
Not only did we collect aid but we also fundraised to buy important and appropriate aid including the freight costs.
The aid was sent via a range of methods including courier boxes, van, pallets of aid, trucks and 40ft containers of aid, considering the logistics and available resources. In this way, we were able to send humanitarian aid to France, Greece, Syria and Northern Iraq.
In partnership with other charity organisations in the UK we have been able to send four 40 ft containers of aid to the Greek Island of Chios, which we then received and distributed ourselves.
One of our key achievements also included collecting and sending medical aid to Syria with a partner organisation. This included critically necessary bought aid for war victims included stretchers, Celox (an agent used to stop external bleeding from injuries such as gunshots ands blast wounds) and an ambulance.
We have also received pallets, truckloads and containers of aid from partners throughout Europe, which we then sorted, packed and distributed. Limitations due to Brexit means we are no longer able to mobilise containers ourselves from the UK, however we continue to receive and distribute aid from other parts of Europe.