Shropshire Star

Pair of friends return to war-torn Ukraine on sixth aid mission since war began

Two friends have returned to war-torn Ukraine for their sixth aid mission in the country after raising over £50,000.

This time, the pair have driven a Skoda Fabia over 1,700 miles to Ukraine. Photo: Gary Fear

On August 23, Ukrainian Independence Day, David Perry from Newport and Gary Fear from Gnosall set off on another trip to take aid to the war-torn country.

During the pair's first aid mission in April last year, they delivered twelve shopping trollies full of food and supplies to displaced Ukrainians in Lviv, fully stocked a church feeding refugees and visited refuge centres around the city.

During a second mission in June, they visited Rivne, Kyiv, Velyka, Dymerka, Irpin and Bucha, witnessing for the first time the devastation brought by the Russian invasion.

The pair have witnessed "disturbing" devastation over the last year and a half. Photo: Gary Fear

"It was a far more disturbing trip than the first, due to the destruction we witnessed," Gary explained.

"On our first trip, we met many people living in uncomfortable but safe surroundings and, even though they may have lost everything, we didn’t experience that first-hand.

"This time, we visited people living in what remained of their shattered homes. Some still had remnants of Russian missiles in their gardens and all had experienced the worst of humanity.