Gloucester firm donates £85,000 of dental equipment to Ukraine
By Sarah Wood | 21st June 2022
Gloucester-based Prima Dental donated more than £85,000 worth of dental equipment to Ukraine this month.
The supplies will allow dentists in the country to drill and fill teeth for six months.
The process was coordinated by Dr Leo Jurkiw, a retired dentist of Ukraininan descent who arranged the donation remotely, before meeting with representatives of Prima Dental in London.
Leo Jurkiw told Dentistry: "I've had a few email exchanges with people at Prima Dental. But it is such a generously large donation that I thought it would be great to get down there to thank them.
"I really wanted to thank them in person because it is not an insignificant figure. A number of people had been involved, from the warehouse to finance to management.
"Prima Dental have a lot of experience working in that part of the world. They are aware of how little they are selling now, but decided to give that amount for free instead."
He said that donations continue to be as important as ever when supporting Ukraine.
"The morale issue is so important. When I speak to people from Ukraine, it isn't so much about what people are doing but more that people are trying to do something. This is what gives them the strength to carry on.
"Prima Dental have made a fantastic gesture here. But the need is still there. If others could follow, then that would be wonderful."
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