A LOCAL group has launched an appeal to help raise money for an ambulance which will help deliver medical aid to Ukraine.

Looe helping Ukraine is a group of volunteers which has been set up by local residents and organisations including the Looe Lions with the aim to help people living in Ukraine.

The group has plans to buy and ex-NHS ambulance which they hope to fill with medical aid they have already collected which will help people who may be sick of injured and in need of care within the war torn country.

So far £1,038 has been raised – the Lions also hope to eventually raise enough money for a second ambulance.

A spokesperson from Looe Lions said: “Residents of Looe and surrounding villages have been helping to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, channelling the collection and transportation of humanitarian and medical aid to various recipient organisations in Ukraine. “We now need urgently to focus this activity - your help now will undoubtedly save lives in the coming weeks. “Our contacts in Ukraine tell us that the current Russian military push is creating large numbers of casualties, many of whom need hospital care to survive their injuries. They do not have anything like enough ambulances to cope and as such people are dying through lack of suitable transport from the conflict zone to hospitals in relative safety.” Those who wish to help out can donate online or for £100 you can become a sponsor of the with an A4 sponsorship sticker placed on the ambulance.