SELFLESS volunteers from Leamington have driven more ambulances and medical supplies to Ukraine.
The eight volunteers, including Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western and Warwick district Judge Anthony Cleary, delivered four vehicles – including two ambulances and two 4x4s – to the war torn country after three long days of driving.
The team, who ranged from 21 to 87-years-old and also included David Blick, Peter Mason, Charles Rogers, George Eden, Dawid Kozlowski and Chris Brown, collected medical supplies from the Aid for Ukraine shop in the Royal Priors Shopping Centre, as well as from Medical Aid Ukraine run by Dr Tania Hebert before setting off.
Their journey included a poignant stop off at Auschwitz where they were given a tour and paid tribute to the victims.
They also paused at the small town of Lezajsk in eastern Poland. Here, mayor Krzysztof Sobolenko has established a central hub for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
Over the past year, more than 2,050 lorries filled with aid had made their way to Ukraine, thanks to the tireless efforts of the local community.
Mr Western said: “The gratitude on the faces of the Ukrainian soldiers we met at the border will remain with me for ever. They were simply astonished by the generosity of our community and businesses in donating these four vehicles. Through an interpreter they were able to express their thanks which was clearly emotional.“
Dawid Kozlowski, from the Polish Centre added: “We are proud to stand with Ukraine in these challenging times. We have delivered another four much-needed vehicles, demonstrating our commitment to supporting Ukraine’s resilience despite the fact that the war is not on the front news anymore, people are still dying and by standing together as a community we are showing people of Ukraine that they are not alone. We also commend the dedicated involvement of MP Matt Western in this crucial endeavour.”