As the devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on, a Rickmansworth resident is asking the local community to donate to a charity he helps that is bringing aid to the war-torn country.
Ed Savage is a volunteer driver for the Yorkshire Aid Convoy (YAC), which has donated humanitarian items to poverty-stricken places in Romania and Ukraine. A born and bred Yorkshireman, he has lived in Rickmansworth for 22 years.
Coming up is Ed’s second convoy, where 120 tonnes worth of aid is set to be delivered from Leeds down to a distribution point in Ukraine on August 30, with nine trucks and 18 drivers.
The lorries are set to travel more than 2,500 kilometres, going through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia before making it to the Ukrainian border. There, after completing paperwork, they’ll be escorted to an undisclosed distribution point.
Speaking to RICKYnews, Ed said: Back in April I got a call from a friend to ask if I’d ever driven a truck.
When I said yes. he replied: “Great, can you help us get some aid out to Ukraine in two weeks’ time?”
I’m not actually a professional truck driver but being of a certain age I can still drive anything up to 7.5 tons, and I had wanted to do something to help anyway. So, I said yes.
I felt it was a real honour and a privilege to have been invited on the last convoy so you can imagine how much it means to be invited back and to be able to help again in some small way.”
If you wish to donate to Ed’s fundraiser, please visit his JustGiving page.