Two Prestonians are driving to Medyka on the Polish-Ukrainian border to help transport those who have been displaced by the conflict to different areas in Europe.Advertisement
Paul Lord and Darren Wilkinson, who are currently on the way to their destination, have described the situation as ‘horrific’ as people enter Poland in the cold and snow, short of food, water, blankets and medication.
Paul said they want to help get these people to a place of sanctuary and give them food.
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The pair had a few hiccups when they were originally meant to set off on Monday (7 March). Initially, the car they were travelling in got a flat tyre, and then Darren misplaced his passport.
As of earlier today (Wednesday 9 March), the pair were driving through the Netherlands towards the German border. From there, they had a 16-hour drive to reach their destination. They are hoping to arrive this evening at around 10pm UK time.
Paul and Darren are aiming to have picked up their first refugee passengers by tomorrow morning and be moving them into a place of sanctuary.
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The pair are fundraising for the costs of the trip and are hosting a raffle to raise money too.
These prizes range from full car service and safety check, to six months membership and six weeks challenge at Smart Fit Preston, to a 45-minute flying experience for two.
Paul said: “We even have a special guest travelling with us, Anna from Frozen, who was hand made by a lady we only know as Jan F from Chorley.
“We have been tasked with ensuring Anna makes it to a Ukrainian refugee to hopefully put a smile on their face.”
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