The plan for April 2015 is to send at the least four vehicles on convoy to Belarus. This gives us the opportunity of sending over 35 tonnes of aid. The vehicles are available and our stock of a wide range of aid is building with every hope that this will be sufficient on the final loading day. The bigger task will be to fund this convoy and a later one planned for November/December this year.
Deciding which receivers will benefit from the upcoming convoy is another task under consideration with several organisations in Belarus making regular contacts hoping that they will be ‘on the list’. The team for April is also part decided and as usual all will be volunteers who ‘pay their own way’ leaving just the ferry costs, fuel, tolls and taxes to be met. More of this later as the planning continues.
Our first delivery of aid to Belarus under our new identity, Chernobyl Aid UK, left UK in late November 2014. Paul Campey drove his own unit and trailer across Europe to the city of Gomel in the east of Belarus and just 30 miles from the border with Russia. Paul’s load of 11 tonnes of a wide range of aid was received by the Gomel district Education department who have the responsibility for all schools, institutions for the disabled, social centres and individual needy families. In total almost 10000 children will benefit from the delivery either directly to their families or to their school or institution.
The load contained pampers and incontinent pads, walking frames and wheelchairs, warm clothing, bedding and foot wear, washing powder and toiletries, sports and educational equipment, furniture, paper and pencils, craft items . kitchen utensils etc.
Paul returned to base in early December – Job done and another successful delivery made.
Our previous work was with the charity CCP (UK) but now as an independent charity, formally registered with Charity Commission in November 2014 and with the No. 1159179 we are now Chernobyl Aid UK.
Our Launch Day will be on 8th February 2015 at the Monk Fryston Community Centre 2pm til 4pM. Attendance is by ticket and applications should be made by email to: email@example.com
Selby: Our warehouse space at Thorpe Willoughby near Selby in Yorkshire is kindly donated by Campeys of Selby, our major sponsors, who have provided warehouse facilities and serviced our vehicles for all the years we have operated. It is from this base that all our convoys depart. Loading days are usually six weeks apart and more frequent nearer the convoy departure date when team members travel, some over 100 miles each way, to load the trailers. The local team spend several hours each week collecting, receiving, packing and preparation of the aid.
Stockton on Tees: Ouston Moor Farm is the home of team member Alan Wade who has provided space for aid stock and his own large vehicle for many convoys. Already the large vehicle is two thirds loaded for April and now the target will be to select the most suitable aid to complete the load. Alan and Vera Wade host children from Belarus each year as members of the charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
Buxton in Derbyshire: Dave and Barbara Cox collect and prepare aid with their local team at their home at Nab End Farm Longnor. Both have been to Belarus on several occasions. They have hosted children from Belarus at their home each year during the summer for the charity CCP (UK). Already this team has over 400 boxes of superb aid ready for collection and delivery to Selby prior for loading.
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