Richmondshire relief aid volunteers plan next trip as convoy heads for home

The van drivers after dropping off their aid in Poland on the first trip.

Volunteers who have collected 11 vans full of aid to help victims of the war in Ukraine are heading for home after a successful drop off.

The drivers and coordinators home in Richmondshire are now planning their next trip after saying the donations were welcomed by those coordinating the relief effort.

The aid was collected at Colburn Village Hall before being transported to a distribution depot in Poland on Tuesday by the volunteers.

Cllr Angie Dale, Richmondshire District Council leader, has helped coordinate the campaign and drove one of the vans across Europe.

Cllr Dale said the depot receiving the items was very well organised and great appreciated the donations.

“They said we have delivered the most organised packages that don’t need sorting, meaning they can be moved straight out into Ukraine.

“Are we going to do it again? After seeing what is needed and how thankful and emotional people were over baby milk, cereal bars and tins of soup, the question is not are we? It is when are we? We will keep you posted.”

The councillor thanked the volunteers in Richmondshire, those who had made donations and the 24 drivers all their hard work.

“Everyone who has been involved in this seven day — yes only seven days — wonder project you are amazing and each and everyone of needs to know this as without you this would not of happened, you are all so amazing and kind.

“Thank you to all our businesses far and wide, and the generous financial donations which enabled this to happen.”





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