Foodbank Appeal for Storage Space:

Landlords, do you have an empty warehouse or industrial unit we can use?

We are seeking emergency warehouses and storage space for charities and food banks.

Industrial/warehouse space of between 5,000 and 40,000 sq ft is required in the following 17 postcodes:

Many supermarkets and other suppliers are donating large quantities of food with Red Cross and NHS Volunteers primed to make the deliveries.

However there is a shortage of storage facilities to help make this happen. Ambient, chilled and freezer facilities are all urgently required.

We are looking for space, for advice and for donations to ensure we can feed elderly and other vulnerable people during this crisis.

We are working with FareShare and other charities and are ready to deliver supplies using vetted and screened volunteers. The missing piece is ready-to-go transhipment facilities where bulk contributions can be received and broken down into small parcels for delivery.

History

Sarajevo water line

During the Bosnian War, from April 1992 to December 1995, many small charities sent emergency supplies in small vehicles at a high cost per kg delivered. We had the simple idea of hiring a blank 40' artic truck and keeping a badge for each of 20 charities in the glove box. Photos of 'Our man in Bosnia' delivering their aid while wearing their badge were sent back to all 20 charities for their donors and supporters’ feedback and encouragement, and transport costs were reduced to 1/4.

During the Balkan conflict Larry Hollingworth CBE, the Chief of Operations in Bosnia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was regularly on TV; he personally led convoys to besieged towns through active combat front lines with some of our charity partner’s supplies, to feed the population and evacuate women and children to safety. After doing this informally for a while we eventually founded a charity called ‘Relief Aid Logistics’ on 5th December 1994, which continued our work of providing transport for small NGOs.

UN Holds head

After the Bosnia conflict we focused on the developing world and enjoyed some wonderful partnerships with charities like ‘Faith in Action’, a husband and wife team in Crawley, Sussex. Working with church groups all over the UK, Martin and Sally Jeffree send beautifully cleaned, ironed and wrapped clothes and lovingly refurbished school equipment and consumables to Africa.

www.faithinaction.uk.com

Air Drop Box

AirDropBox Ltd, a subsidiary of Relief Aid Logistics, was created to develop a safe, cheap and biodegradable direct supply method for use in humanitarian aid and general logistics.

The high cost of air delivery systems has long been a challenge to logisticians and humanitarian aid organisations. AirDropBox has overcome those challenges.

Through careful selection, material development, and a lot of testing we have created a system that is constructed almost entirely from biodegradable materials (91.4% by weight per system) and it can be prepared for flight by anyone in under 6 minutes meaning that not only are we reducing the cost and complexity of supplying goods by air, we are significantly reducing the environmental impact associated with air dropping supplies and essential equipment.

www.airdropbox.co.uk
Air Drop Boxes about to be loaded onto a plane Air Drop Box, parachute fully open Air Drop Boxes falling in a row Air Drop Box falling

Trustees

Gerald Ackroyd

Jonathan Cook

Jessica Norman

Our Charitable Objectives:

For or towards the general benefit of the public in such manner as may be charitable and in particular but not so as to limit the generalities of the foregoing to provide suitable buildings primarily in the United Kingdom for the provision of standby warehouse and transhipment facilities for the collection storage and onward delivery of relief supplies by relief charities and subject to such changes as the trustees shall from time to time determine.

And, in particular but not so as to limit the generalities of the foregoing to provide suitable buildings primarily in the United Kingdom for the provision of standby premises facilities and services to protect the public in the event of a disaster or emergency subject to such charges as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion determine.