We have watched with shock at the events that have unfolded in Ukraine over the last few weeks and our thoughts and full support is with the Ukrainian people at this unimaginable time.
The Ukrainian Institute of Intellectual Property remains open. The Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry declared martial law on 24th February and so all business related deadlines are suspended at this time. Further updates can be found on their website. We are in touch with our affected clients about any implications for them.
Helping where we can
We want to help and have chosen to use the balance of our Forward Community Fund for this financial year to make a donation to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal of £15,000.
The Red Cross are on the ground right now and helping the people of Ukraine. They also have teams in bordering countries including Poland, Moldova, Slovakia and Romania and are distributing food and basic aid items as well as providing medical and psychosocial support for people arriving from Ukraine.
We have also sent over 30 boxes of donations from our people, co-ordinated from all four of our UK offices via Nova Poshta, a Ukrainian courier service, who will pass them onto the Polish border for us. So far we have been able to collect and send:
- 20 packs of anti-bacterial wipes
- 3 baby blankets
- 13 boxes of baby milk formula
- 11 packs of batteries
- 2 blankets
- 5 boxes of matches
- 118 candles
- 2 bags of cat treats
- 121 first aid items (painkillers, first aid kits, plasters, foil blankets and bandages)
- 1 mobile phone
- 21 boxes of nappies
- 12 sleeping bags
- 15 bags of tea, coffee and sugar
- 95 canned and dry food items (soup, fruit, noodles, cereal, crackers, biscuits)
- 162 toiletry items (shower gel, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene, deodorant)
- 5 torches/power banks
- 17 packs of vitamins
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any updates as necessary, as well as helping in any way we can.
Updated 30th March 2022
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