Mission of an ex-soldier to donate to Ukrainian refugees

A KIDDERMINSTER army veteran teams up with his friend to drive a van full of supplies to Poland for helpless Ukrainian refugees.

Martin Meese, 69, and Steve Davies, 64, are both former soldiers who served in the Queen’s Own Hussars and will begin their duties next week.

They will be donating food, clothing, other essentials and children’s toys collected from Flowers of Kidderminster and elsewhere in the city.

Mr Meese said: “Everyone watches the news and it made me see all the children and women crossing the border.

“I thought I had to do something. I bought a van and we are filling it up.

“I have a spot in Morrison’s car park at the weekend. We’ll be collecting – we need fuel and things like that.

“We’re going to hit a soccer ball and see how far it goes.”

“I’m using all my contacts in the army to try to get there and find information and my friend is contacting someone who’s pretty well settled in Poland.

“It’s all systems go.

Mr Meese also dedicates the mission to the memory of his wife Liz, who was a “great carer for people”.

The duo are looking to get going on Wednesday morning. Mr Meese even said he would travel to Poland again to deliver more supplies if the donations piled up.

Flowers of Kidderminster, will collect donations to send to refugees on Saturday March 5, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday March 6, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

People are asked to donate cans, rice, dog food tins, rain gear, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, outerwear, diapers, sanitary products , toothpaste, blankets, quilts, pillows, torches, batteries, stuffed animals.

Florist Emma Dandy said: “It’s about doing the right thing. It’s a tiny bit, but at least you feel like you’re doing something.”

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