Needham’s Peter Bee is starting up a light haulage business to send all the profits to an orphanage in Ukraine
After making five trips to Ukraine to deliver supplies, a man is doubling down on his efforts by launching a light haulage enterprise, with every penny of profit going to support an orphanage.
Peter Bee, from Needham, has more than 40 years’ experience in working with heavy goods vehicles, and has decided to come out of retirement in order to take on light haulage jobs, such as collections and deliveries.
He hopes to help an orphanage for children with special needs in Boyarka, Ukraine, to build a playground at a cost of £35,000.
“I’m so fired up to do everything I can there, because the things I’ve seen are horrendous,” said the 66-year-old.
“I think Russia has made one of the biggest mistakes in history by invading, but our politicians need to get their act together to stop this from becoming a third world war.
“I can’t tell you exactly what the answer is, but I know there are still a lot of people out there helping Ukraine, from all over the world.
“I can tell you now, if I was a younger man, I would be over there fighting alongside them. One hundred per cent.”
“We’re very lucky in our country to have the resources to build a playground, but the people in Ukraine aren’t so lucky.
“There are children there with special needs, whose parents have been killed by the Russians. Even when I visited the orphanage, there were drones going overhead.
“They sent 75 over while I was there, but the Patriot missiles shot down 74 of them. Even one getting through can cause a lot of damage though. There are children and adults dying there in great numbers every day and it is incredibly sad.”
Mr Bee’s business will take on jobs nationwide, even at short notice, and he will still be running supplies and medication over to Ukraine in between.
Called A to Bee – Man with a Van, the business is set to launch on Thursday. Overheads, including fuel, insurance and driver payments, will be covered, with any profits given to the orphanage.
“We’ll continue to help Ukraine however we can, until this war ends, and beyond,” said Mr Bee.
“Having seen a child shaking with terror, I’ll keep fighting to help however I can.
“People around the world are willing to help out, not just me. There are lots of kind people in the world – if you can’t find one, be one.”
Mr Bee hopes to continue collecting and transporting donations in the coming months, having already made trips with friend and neighbour Glyn Jordan.
He has always been quick to thank Morrisons along with organisations like Lopham Ladies group and the Women’s Institute, and Lizzy Freeman, who has been helping with collecting donations in Palgrave.
Mr Bee and Mr Jordan won the South Norfolk Community Awards 2023 Inspiration of the Year award in August for their work in Ukraine.
Anyone needing a quote can contact Mr Bee on 07939 032570.