Shoppers at Morrisons, Victoria Road, Diss, donate more than £2,500 to Peter Bee and Glyn Jordan ahead of third humanitarian mission to Ukraine
Generous shoppers donated more than £2,500 of essential supplies last weekend – which are set to be taken to Ukraine by a pair of pensioners.
Grandfathers-of-two Peter Bee, 64, and Glyn Jordan, 70, will be undertaking their third trip to the war-torn nation next week – this time with more than £50,000 worth of goods to hand over to humanitarian workers.
On Saturday the best friends set up outside Morrisons, in Victoria Road, Diss, encouraging people to buy supplies with their weekly shop.
“We thought it would be nice if the shoppers had an opportunity to give us something if they wanted,” said Mr Bee.
“We took our trailer and we stood in the car park asking people if they could help us.
“There was no hard sell – people were just so generous.”
Throughout the day shoppers would come out of the store with baby milk, nappies, sanitary products and other desperately needed supplies – which will make up the cargo for the pair’s 1,2000 mile journey to western Ukraine.
“We had a terrific day,” said Mr Bee. “It was so heart-warming and humbling to see people helping us.
“Not only did people give us goods, we raised £140 in cash, which we went in to the store with and bought more baby milk.
“Morrisons did a great job of looking after us, too. They said we were welcome back any time.”
The latest haul takes the estimated value of their cargo for Monday’s trip to around £50,000 – all of which will be given to aid workers from humanitarian organisation Caritas Internationalis.
On top of that the pair will be handing over a 2007 Land Rover Freelander, worth upwards of £5,000, which had been given to them by a generous donor last week.
On Monday, the next-door-neighbours will set off from their homes in High Road, Needham, travelling to Harwich, Essex, before jumping aboard a ferry across the English Channel.
Upon arriving in The Netherlands, they will make their way through Germany and Poland before arriving at the Ukraine border and heading towards Lviv.
Lviv has been subject to a number of attacks by Russian forces since the war broke out in February – but Mr Bee insisted it was unlikely to be his final trip.
“At this point, we’re just taking it trip by trip,” said the retired HGV driver.
“Everyone is a bit concerned about us going but we know we have to take care – we are not stupid.
“The Ukrainians see us as great allies and we must not let them down. The only time it becomes frightening is if we come across any Russian forces.
“They had asked us if we could bring any ammunition this time – I told them I can’t bring any but I can bring hope kindness and love.”
Mr Bee and Mr Jordan will still be taking donations up until 24 hours before they set off on Monday.
They are seeking tinned and dried foods, particularly with a high protein content.
If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at The Swan Hotel in Harleston.