The Yorkshire Aid Convoy relies solely on volunteers to carry out our work. There are many ways in which you can help us including:
Perhaps you know or own a business that manufactures the type of goods so urgently required in Romania and The Ukraine that would be willing to donate items for our aid missions? Or maybe you have clothing and shoes at home that you would like to see going to good use?
Even businesses that are upgrading their facilities might have perfectly serviceable equipment that they no longer need that would be gratefully received in Romania or The Ukraine. A recent example of this was when the Spire Hospital in Leeds upgraded their operating theatres, donating their ‘old’ equipment to make a world of difference to the extremely basic facilities in a Romanian hospital.
If you have anything, however big or however small, that you would like to go to a good home, please contact us today to discuss how we can get it to somebody that really needs it.
Financial contributions to help us support and further our work are always most gratefully received. Even though all the goods we take have been generously donated, each mission costs many thousands of pounds in truck rental and fuel, with all our drivers paying their accommodation and food costs out of their own pocket. With more money, we can visit these countries more often, deliver more aid, and make more of a difference.
If you would like to make a financial donation, or organise a fundraising event to support The Yorkshire Aid Convoy, please get in touch.
Remember that when you give to The Yorkshire Aid Convoy, every penny goes directly to where it is needed – we have no overheads or staffing costs thanks to our volunteers.
We are always looking for drivers willing to undertake the mammoth road trip to Romania or The Ukraine. Driving a truck in our convoy is a real challenge, and a real experience. The chance to see first hand the suffering in Romania and The Ukraine is tough, but the feeling of doing something that really helps everyday people to have a better quality of life is amazing. Being part of The Yorkshire Aid Convoy is something to be proud of and many of our volunteer drivers return to drive for us year after year.
We also need help with collecting goods, bringing them to the central storage point and packing the lorries prior to departure.
What our volunteers say about being a part of The Yorkshire Aid Convoy:
“A friend and neighbour had been involved with The Yorkshire Aid Convoy for a couple of years, and asked me if I might be interested in driving a truck in the upcoming mission to Romania. With some trepidation, I agreed, and I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding 8 days of my life. To leave Leeds in a five-truck convoy filled with such a wide variety of things, driving through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary and finally arriving in Romania to deliver all the items to people who really need them was an amazing journey. For me, seeing the children left by their parents at the hospital was heartbreaking – many parents will never return to collect them. In contrast, the gypsy camp was squalid, but full of joy and excitement at our arrival. This insight into everyday poverty in Romania gave me a new perspective on my own life, and has made me determined to continue to support the Charity in any way possible."