Banbury-based mobile phone accessories maker Juice® has shipped £70,000 worth of charging devices to Ukraine to help families stay connected during the ongoing conflict.
Working closely with PCK – the Polish Red Cross – juice® has successfully delivered enough equipment to fully charge 7,070 mobile phones, which will be provided to families stuck in besieged towns and to those crossing the Polish border.
Charging supplies include portable power banks, AC charger cables and other useful tech accessories. All donated devices were fully charged by members of the juice® team at the manufacturer’s UK headquarters in Banbury before departure – with a significant number of powerbanks also donated by juice® retailer and telecommunications giant, EE, for additional support.
To show solidarity, each item was stamped with a heart-shaped sticker in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, reading the statement “We are with you”.
Jolyon Bennett, CEO and Founder of juice®, hopes the recharging devices will allow people trapped or fleeing conflict to stay in touch with loved ones, especially in times of separation.
Local businesses can help these innocent victims in so many ways and we hope juice® chargers will help connect war-torn families.
“In modern society, we are all very used to being able to contact a family member or friend instantly, where the first thing we often do during times of turmoil or crisis is reach for our phones. only imagine the devastation of having to leave family members behind when fleeing conflict or wanting to contact my family to let them know I am safe, but cannot.
“By working closely with the CPK, we hope to be able to provide some form of comfort to those affected by the crisis in Ukraine – whether it’s enabling those trapped in besieged towns to speak to a member of their family or a friend or to provide the means for those who have crossed the Polish border to inform their loved ones of their safety.
Now in Poland, the donated chargers are being distributed according to priority needs by CPK members working on the ground in Ukraine and Poland.