Ian ( left), Peter (right) Taxi-man employees

A Derbyshire taxi company, Taxi-Man, have put donation boxes in all of their taxis to help Ukrainians buy medical supplies and other essential necessities.

Taxi-Man, a taxi company based in Ilkeston, have put donation boxes in all of their vehicles to raise money for Ukraine and show support to them.

Tracey Kour, a switchboard operator, wanted to help Ukraine.

She went to her employer, Paul Kitchen, to see if the donation boxes would be something he would be interested in and now they are in all of their taxis as he thought it was a great idea and could really help.

Paul Kitchen, co-owner of Taxi-Man

This is not the first time the company have donated to charity.

They have raised money for Babbington Kennels and Rescue, Comic Relief and The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

Taxi-Man offers a “friendly reliable taxi service” for the people of Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

The company hopes that donations no matter how small will help the people of Ukraine.

Audio: Paul Kitchen explains how the donation boxes started and how he hopes they will help the people of Ukraine

“One or two of the drivers have said that they will put their tips in”
Paul Kitchen, Co-owner of Taxi-Man

The best way to help Ukraine, according to the government website, is to donate cash rather than goods, as cash can be transferred quickly and easier to areas where it is needed and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed.

Unsolicited donations of goods, although given with good intentions, can obstruct supply chains and delay more urgent life-saving items they need.

One or two of the drivers have decided any tips they receive will go straight in the donation box too.

Audio: Luke Kitchen, co-owner of Taxi-Man, explains why cash is better than goods

To donate there are lots of organisations across the UK and internationally who have launched appeals.

The Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal  has raised £25 million which has been matched by the UK Government.

Check that you donate to a registered charity and make sure that the charity is genuine before giving any information about your personal finances.

If in doubt, ask the charity or organisation for more information.