Humanitarian convoy from Blackpool arrives in Poland to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees

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A humanitarian convoy from Blackpool has completed its 1,300 mile journey to the Ukrainian border to deliver 20,000 tonnes aid to refugees forced to flee their homes.

Members of the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid charity set off on Monday at 5am, picking up more volunteers and lorries in Bedford and London before reaching the Channel Tunnel.

There they faced a 22-mile queue, so directed their route to Dover, where they boarded a ferry to France.

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They then then drove an additional 1,000 miles through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Poland before finally landing at the Caritas International hub in Poznan yesterday.

Donations of warm clothes, non-perishable food and hygiene products for civilians fleeing the Russia-Ukraine war were unpacked.

A CWUA spokesman said: “The convoy arrived at the World Trade Centre in Poznan just before 5pm and were greeted by Caritas International volunteers and the Polish army to unload all 20,000 tonnes of aid. With the help of volunteers and a much-needed forklift all the aid was unpacked by 6.30pm.

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“The convoy then headed to their hotel 10 minutes away and enjoyed a well-deserved drink.

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Donations unpacked in Poland

"They will depart Poland this afternoon after a bit of R&R and hope to be back in the UK Saturday morning.”

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