SUNFLOWER SCOTLAND

Our Projects in Ukraine Frontline Areas

Our main task is delivering food to frontline villages. In addition, we help hospitals and bring 4×4 trucks and ambulances.

Oleg Dmitriev, chairman of Sunflower Scotland, delivering hoists for patient transport to Kharkiv Children's Cancer hospital

Our most important work is delivering bags of Food and hygiene products to frontline villages. We buy 100% Ukraine-made food in Ukraine.

In addition to our food aid deliveries, we help hospitals in the frontline areas, bring medical equipment and medical supplies, deliver ambulances and 4×4 trucks.

We collect photographic evidence for all deliveries, and regularly publish reports. Please read about the projects we delivered in Ukraine:

Horohovatka food delivery, Sunflower Scotland

Food and Hygiene Products for Frontline Villages

We buy the most essential food and hygiene products in Ukraine, and deliver them to Ukraine’s frontline villages. From our experience, that’s where people need help before anyone else. If you want to help someone in Ukraine, help frontline villages.

In September 2022, we stopped sending food from the UK. It’s much cheaper to buy in Ukraine rather than in the UK, but that’s not the point. The reason why we buy in Ukraine is because we must support Ukraine’s economy and its people at this difficult time.

The reason why we buy in Ukraine is because we must support Ukraine’s economy and its people at this difficult time.

Tetyana Sibbald, Sunflower Scotland

What’s included in our Food and Hygiene bag?

Each bag includes some staple food, as well as soap, washing powder and toothpaste. People in dangerous villages, when they get this bag, will have less reasons to travel to the shops, and therefore will not risk their lives as much. Here’s what’s in the bag:

  • Pasta 2 kg
  • Bulgur 1 kg
  • Plain Flour 1 kg
  • Semolina 1 kg
  • Concentrated Tomato paste 70 g
  • Sugar 1 kg
  • Black tea 20 teabags
  • Toilet paper 1 roll
  • Soap 1 bar
  • Washing powder 400 g
  • Toothpaste 1 tube
  • Tinned meat 525 g
Sunflower Scotland Food Set - July-August 2023

How much does the Food and Hygiene bag cost?

The cost of what’s in the bag is 320 hryvnia, or roughly £7.5. In addition to that, in order to deliver aid to villages, we need to buy diesel, pay for vehicles, and pay a modest salary to our Ukrainian volunteers. As a result, the total cost is about £10 per bag.

Oleg Dmitriev, chairman of Sunflower Scotland, delivering hoists for patient transport to Kharkiv Children's Cancer hospital

Delivered hoists and electric beds to Kharkiv Children’s Cancer Hospital

In July 2022, we delivered two electric hoists for patient transport, and two electric beds to Kharkiv Children’s Cancer Hospital No. 16.

Hoists are used to move patients, during any procedures or manipulations. Older children may have substantial body mass, and moving them is difficult for nurses. Electric hoists are used by the NHS, and we are very happy that now doctors and nurses in Kharkiv can benefit from this technology. It is especially important now during the war, and will help them in their difficult work.

Sunflower Scotland delivered NHS beds to Kharkiv Children's Cancer hospital

Cordial thanks to Dr Victoria Clinic for donating specialist batteries required to operate the hoists.

Oleg Dmitriev, chairmand of Sunflower Scotland, delivering 4x4 truck to Ukraine TRO in Kostyantynivka, Donetska Oblast. Ukraine

Delivered two 4×4 trucks to Ukraine home guard, for Bakhmut and Niu-York

In March 2023, we learned that Ukraine Home Guard deployed near Bakhmut needed help. Ukraine sent many Home Guard reservists to the most difficult parts of the front line. Home Guard are typically family men of 30-50 years, former doctors, teachers, shop assistants, etc.

In terms of aid, they needed vehicles to bring vital supplies and evacuate the wounded.

Oleg Dmitriev and David Headley departing from Edinburgh to deliver vehicles to Ukraine on behalf of Sunflower Scotland

Sunflower Scotland sourced two 4×4 trucks in Scotland. We drove them all the way from Edinburgh to Kostyantynivka. From there, we drove to Chasiv Yar (the resupply hub behind Bakhmut).

Oleg Dmitriev, chairmand of Sunflower Scotland, delivering 4x4 truck to Ukraine TRO in Kostyantynivka, Donentska Oblast. Ukraine

Both vehicles were given directly to the men who would be using them. We did not involve any intermediaries or central authorities. Ukrainian reservists were really grateful. Our Scottish vehicles were put to use immediately – we have seen first hand that the need was very urgent.

Our most sincere thanks to Mark and Aaron MacCarley for sponsoring one of the vehicles.

Cordial thanks to Dr Victoria Clinic for donating specialist medical supplies: dressings for chest wounds, bandages, surgical kits and more.

Helped Chuhuiv hospital

From February to September 2022, Chuhuiv – a small town south-east of Kharkiv – was 5-10 km behind the frontline. It suffered from daily artillery shelling by the Russian army. During that time, the Chuhuiv hospital became a vital hub for the east Kharkiv region.

In August and November 2022, Sunflower Scotland delivered many wheelchairs, zimmer walking aids, adult nappies, and other supplies to this hospital.

In August and November 2022 we delivered new mums and baby kits in Chuhuiv maternity hospital.

The August kits were kindly donated by the Scottish Baby Box appeal. In November, Mrs Chris Murphy made a fantastic project: she worked tirelessly and made 40 “mum’s bags” with essential items for new mums and their babies.

Mum feeding baby and Sunflower Scotland infant set in Chuhuiv maternity hospital
Young new mum with Sunflower Scotland infant set in Chuhuiv maternity hospital

Cordial thanks to Scottish donors!

Our mission in November was supported by St John Scotland (Oleg Dmitriev of Sunflower Scotland is photographed wearing a St John Scotland vest in the Chuhuiv hospital, Kharkiv region).

Sign of Kharkiv Regional Trauma Hospital

Helped Kharkiv Children’s Trauma Hospital

In February 2023, we delivered orthopaedic supplies – titanium and magnesium screws and surgical tools – to the Children’s trauma department of the Kharkiv Regional Trauma Hospital.

Two large boxes of orthopaedic screws were provided by Simon Miller of Athrodax Healthcare.

Oleg Dmitriev, Sunflower Scotland, delivering a donation of orthopaedic screws to Dr Sudakov at Kharkiv Regional Trauma Hospital
Titanium orthopaedic screw donated by Athrodax Healthcare, delivered in February 2023 by Sunflower Scotland to Kharkiv Regional Trauma Hospital
Magnesium orthopedic screw, donated by Athrodax Healthcare, delivered in February 2023 by Sunflower Scotland to Kharkiv Regional Trauma Hospital

Thank you Mr Miller and Athrodax Healthcare for your help to Ukraine!

These orthopaedic screws will be used to treat bone fractures. Mr Simon Miller’s donation contains hundreds of screws – and as such it will help hundreds of small children to get back to recover.

Elvira Dmitrieva of Sunflower Scotnald hands over the frontline ambulance to medics of the 151st Battalion Ukraine TRO in Tsirkuny, Kharkiv Oblast'

Frontline Ambulance to the Eastern Front

In March we met with medics in Chasiv Yar – a hub behind Bakhmut. It is a very dangerous place – and conditions there are very basic. Here, medics provide first aid and literally save lives.

However, they told us they don’t have enough vehicles to evacuate the wounded to a permanent hospital. So we decided it’s a job for us. We’re raised funds and bought an ambulance for medics.

This project was delivered by Sunflower Scotland in collaboration with Pre-hospital Care & Aid Worldwide – a charity organised by paramedics. It helps treat traumatic wounds in war-torn countries like Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan – and Ukraine.

Prehospital Care and Aid Worldwide Logo
  • Sunflower Scotland was responsible for buying a van, fixing it and taking it to Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv Oblast’, Ukraine.
  • Pre-hospital Care & Aid Worldwide retro-fitted specialist ambulance-style equipment and donated a load of essential paramedic supplies.

Please read our report on this mission: From Scotland to Kharkiv: Frontline ambulance delivered to TRO.