01:45 PM May 11, 2022
Two businessmen from Dunmow took part in a Dunkirk-style airlift to deliver emergency medical supplies to the border with Ukraine.
Jeremy Taylor and Clifford Smith stepped forward and made up one of 10 private planes to make the long trip.
They flew from Andrewsfield to Stebbing to Southend where Jeremy’s Ciruss SR22 plane was loaded for the journey to the Ukrainian border.
A total of nine Cirrus SR22s and one DA42 collectively carried more than two tonnes of equipment donated by doctors and GPs across the UK.
Any open space not filled with defibrillators, trauma kits and syringes on planes was filled with softer items, including gowns, gloves and tourniquets.
Clifford and Jeremy battled bad weather, then temporarily restricted airspace as they approached their destination.
Jeremy, who runs the family business Taylors Service Centers who maintains the vehicles, said: “It was quite a difficult flight with various conditions, with a diversion because there was military activity in the airport we were approaching. We had to divert to let the situation calm down.
“The weather was pretty bad with ice and rain.”
Co-driver Clifford Smith is the director of Elevate Construction, whose company in 2020 was behind the new apartments called Altura Place on Stortford Road, built in the Art Deco style of the site’s former garage.
The nonprofit NGO airlifts medical aid to distribution centers on the Polish-Ukrainian border using a network of volunteer commercial and private pilots.
Charlie said: “I trained Rob. He asked me if I would be willing to fly aid to Ukraine, recovered from UK hospitals.
“We took out 10 planes at once, all light, privately owned planes, and shipped over two tonnes of aid. It took just over a day.”
Charlie, who admitted it was like Dunkirk, now has a WhatsApp group and is approaching German plane owners to see if they can help with the relay.
Lunar Aid has set up a JustGiving page to raise £10,000 for emergency medical trauma kits to support Medical Aid for Ukraine, a group of doctors across the UK collecting supplies, led by Dr Roman Cregg from University College London Hospital , born near the western border of Ukraine.
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