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New group welcomes your donations to continue Ukraine aid effort

The last of your much-appreciated donations to Help for Ukraine Taunton have left Compass Wellbeing in Taunton and have been delivered to Poland, to be distributed to Ukrainians who desperately need our help. In her own words, here’s the story of the journey Ewa Bishop took with Adrian Breeze last Monday, 14th March, along with details of how collections of your donations are continuing, and how you can help.
“We should have had the van on Friday 11th, but something happened and we were looking for a van all weekend and into Monday morning. It was a tricky time! Finally, A man came to help us packing the donations and I said to him, “We don’t need any help with packers,” and he asked how he can help and I said “Well, give me van!” I didn’t know this wonderful man, Richard Miles, at all! And he said “OK!” so I called Adrian, my driver, and I said “Get ready. I told you you had to be ready! I told you we would get something, I’m a believer, and we’re ready. You have to come here now and you have to sort out all the paperwork, insurance and Tunnel and everything else what we need.” It happened very quickly in the end!

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Generous van owner Richard Miles

That was around 2 O’clock in afternoon and until they sort out everything that was around 5pm. We had to also move Adrian’s car to Richard’s house and then we set off. We didn’t really know each other, Adrian and me. We didn’t know if we could drive well, how safe we are, we just had met in our donation centre, but off we went!
We were very, very tired, I think Adrian said we drove for 25 ½ hours one way. We had a plan to actually load and come back straight away, but we were extremely tired so I asked for someone to please give us accommodation. It was given to us by Justyna and Daniel Binik who live in Taunton, that was for free and that was very nice and kind of them. We really, really needed the sleep because we were basically exhausted. I had been driving the last moments and Adrian was telling me “Ewa, you’re doing very well!” He was giving me all the directions, it was quite funny when I think now about it, but it was dangerous because it was dark and we were in a village off a track with little roads with potholes and up a hillside. That’s a whole other story!
So, we slept the night, then had a lovely breakfast. A fast breakfast! We had a little ten-minute walk and we saw some patches of snow, the sunshine, we had coffee and a cup of porridge – and then we set off to Przemyśl.

In Przemyśl I had a place to unload. A safe place. It is a Caritas charity. Caritas is a Catholic network begun in Ukraine, working with people to end poverty. They helped us unpack. The nuns there gave us nice warm soup to eat and we had a little chat. One of the nuns, Paula, she’s my friend from primary school and I didn’t see her for many, many years. But we didn’t have time to be there a long time, and we really didn’t want to discuss what’s happening on the border. She is a first front worker and she’s looking after Ukrainians. She speaks the Ukrainian language and has contacts in the middle of Ukraine. I told her I would talk to her via phone later to catch up properly. She was very emotional because she is working on the border and she can hear and see – well, bad things, sad things. We didn’t want to go to the border, firstly because we were very tired still as we’d only had one night’s sleep after driving for so long. Also, we decided we didn’t want to get too emotional so we didn’t want to see how things were at the border. We were maybe twenty minutes from the border, but it would not have helped to go there. Too many people, too many cars, too emotional. And obviously there was the time issue, because the previous night wasn’t planned. We had not planned to sleep, but to drive back straight away, as Adrian had a family arrangement on Thursday morning.

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Ewa and Adrian have breakfast after a much-needed night’s sleep

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We arrived back in the UK at 4.30 in the afternoon, very tired. I was just the support driver. I always said I’m only the support driver, so mostly all the driving, that was up to Adrian. He did that very well. Only once I was driving for maybe one hour and fifteen minutes and I just couldn’t because that was at night and the roads were bumpy. We tried to rest along the way, but we couldn’t sleep properly. We just closed our eyes for maybe five or ten minutes and that’s it. Maybe, in all the journey in the van, Adrian had maybe forty minutes and I had maybe twenty. Thank goodness we actually decided to have the night’s sleep in the place given to us so kindly! But it was worth it, because your donations are so needed and appreciated and the situation is terrible.

So now we are back in Taunton with a new group, ready for your donations, so that we can make our next much-needed trip to Poland. Thank you for all your support and kindness and we hope the good work of those who set up the original group and the generosity and kindness of the people of Somerset can continue, because the war is not stopping any time soon, and the people of Ukraine need our help.”Find us at ‘Somerset Aid for Ukraine’ on Facebook for details of what we are collecting, our opening times, and how you can help. Thank you.
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