Blackpool man helps aid convoy for orphans in Moldova

Chris Webb, centre, with the convoy team at the Moldovan orphanage
Chris Webb, centre, with the convoy team at the Moldovan orphanage

A Blackpool man has returned to the resort after  helping a convoy deliver aid to orphans in Moldova.

Chris Webb, a trustee of UK postal unions charity CWUHA, drove from Blackpool to Chișinău, Moldova to deliver aid to children in the Republican Sports Orphanage and to vulnerable families in neighbouring villages.

During the convoy aid was delivered to 513 children in the Sport Orphanage, 210 children from 14 communities played football during a CWUHA 2018 cup tournament and 30 families in three communities received aid packages.

The charity uses Royal Mail and BT vehicles loaned to them free. It has sent 49 convoys with more than 2,500 tonnes of aid to children in Bosnia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania and Moldova.

Chris said: “It was an incredible experience and one that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“It was extremely tough, with long 12-hour days driving on strange roads and in countries I’ve never visited before.

“However, seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces instantly made it all worthwhile.

“Over the past six months I’ve begged, borrowed, asked for donations from family and friends and received aid from local businesses. It was then packed into 95 boxes full of clothes, toiletries, sanitary products and sweets for children in the orphanage along with packs for vulnerable families in the local villages.

“All this would not have been possible without the generosity of others who helped donate items and money and I will be forever grateful.”