The plight of refugees from Ukraine has prompted a Uttoxeter businessman to travel to Poland with donations of clothes and essentials. Father of two, Chris Turner, 46, is a former police officer and now runs his own high pressure cleaning business Sir Lance-A-Lot.
The plight of refugees from Ukraine has prompted a Uttoxeter businessman to travel to Poland with donations of clothes and essentials.
Father of two, Chris Turner, 46, is a former police officer and now runs his own high pressure cleaning business Sir Lance-A-Lot.
Chris has teamed up with fellow Uttoxeter dad, David Lawless, 54, and together they will take a van packed full of supplies direct to a Red Cross distribution centre.
Chris said: “I was just reading the paper one day and I thought, I could help a little bit.
“I bandied the idea around for a bit and then thought I’m my own boss, I’ve got a van, I’ll see if I can get some donations and take it from there.
“It’s moved forward very quickly. A friend of mine was going to travel with me, but had to step down, so Dave got involved and it’s now become a 50-50 effort.”
Chris retired from Derbyshire Constabulary after problems with his back, which required several operations.
He called on several former colleagues, including Michelle Sansom who works with the Probation Service. Michelle made a major donation of supplies and cash to support the trip.
The Knights 4 Uttoxeter also responded to the appeal and have donated supplies for Chris and Dave to take to Poland.
Knight Kelly Smith said: “Chris told us he particularly wanted nappies and other consumables which are in great demand and so we were happy to help.
“We know that other people are also supporting Chris and Dave and we wanted to do our bit.”
Together, Chris and Dave have filled the van with essentials and raised more than £1,500 to cover the costs of the trip, which is due to begin this week.
Dave, 54, said: “Like everyone, I see the devastation war can cause, and as per usual, it’s always the innocent people of the country that pay the price, women and children left hungry, cold and homeless.
“I have never done something like this before and it was about time, rather than watching, I needed to do something, so to be asked by Chris was a great privilege.”
The two expect to be travelling for around four days to a Red Cross point in Szczecin, where the donations will be distributed to refugees.
Chris said: “If more donations come in, we’ll look at doing another trip. What we’re doing is only small really, but everything people give is contributing directly to providing supplies for people who need them.”
Chris and Dave will be setting off on their journey this week and will be sharing updates via Sir Lance A Lot – High Pressure Cleaning Services on Facebook.
To donate search for ‘Chris Turner’ at justgiving.com.
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