Yorkshire convoy delivers £2.5m in aid to Romania

Phil Rushfirth and Mark Gunter with children in Romania
Phil Rushfirth and Mark Gunter with children in Romania
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MORe than £2.5m-worth of humanitarian aid has been delivered to people in need in Romania by Yorkshire business leaders.

The Yorkshire Aid Convoy travelled 3,000 miles across Europe to deliver 100 tonnes of essential supplies including clothing, medical supplies and nappies, as well as bicycles for those without transport.

Trustee Gary Dooley, director of Leeds-based marketing agency Pure, said: “Having children myself, I found it very difficult not to get involved after seeing how many disadvantaged families and orphans are living in Romania.

“It is an extremely rewarding experience, especially as it is a process we are involved with right from the beginning, from collecting donations right through to delivering the aid by hand via four large trucks, directly to the people who need it.

“Knowing we are making these positive changes and building better futures for the people living in poverty in Romania really is an amazing feeling.”

The team, which set off from Leeds, also included charity founder Mark Murphy – managing director of Wetheralds Painters and Decorators – and his son Felix, as well as James Ruddy, managing director of Eclipse Colours.

The convoy travelled to poverty-stricken areas of rural Romania, where many families are unable to afford healthcare.

The much-needed supplies were given thanks to donations from Yorkshire businesses, hospitals and schools, with organisations and charities in Romania helping to ensure they go to the people and institutions most in need of help and resources.