Sponsorship from 100 Gloucestershire businesses will help a brewery deliver aid vans to Ukraine

Gloucester Brewery is seeking corporate sponsorship from 100 county businesses to allow it to buy and deliver humanitarian aid vans to Ukraine — with vodka one of the perks for philanthropic donations.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Artist Russell Haines and Geoff Smith, managing director of Gloucester Brewery, have joined forces to raise funds to buy and deliver two vans to Ukraine.

Gloucester Brewery is planning to buy and refurbish two vans to deliver to Ukraine, which will be used by a UK aid team to deliver critical supplies to Ukrainian villages located along the frontline.

The brewery is specifically seeking 100 corporate sponsors to donate £130 each to cover the cost of buying, refurbishing and delivering the vans to Kyiv, but has stressed any donations will be gratefully received.

Staff from the brewery, along with local artist Russell Haines and Oli Monks of doughnut and coffee shop, Guilt Trip Cheltenham, will personally deliver the two vans to Kyiv on Sunday 23 July 2023, travelling 1,600 miles over seven days across Europe from Gloucester, crossing countries including The Netherlands, Germany, Prague, Poland and, finally, into Ukraine and on to the capital.

Geoff Smith, managing director of Gloucester Brewery, said: 'We are just over half way there and have secured one van! People can help support in many different ways, for example, donate a van in good working order, corporate sponsorship, a personal donation, purchase a special edition Fox's Kiln Ukrainian vodka, or by purchasing a limited edition Russell Haines Artwork.'

Corporate sponsors will receive a limited edition bottle of Fox's Kiln vodka, a ticket to an evening event for donors, their name and logo in the brewery's sponsor list and mentions on its extensive social media coverage of the trip.

The limited edition small batch vodka is also available to buy from the brewery's website, with £3 from every sale being donated to the Ukraine fund.

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