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Sister Julies Monastery

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

Stuart Davison has just returned from Ukraine after taking much-needed humanitarian aid items to Ukrainian families, orphanages, military and Kyiv hospital. Stuart, from the Selby area, has already hit the headlines after making several trips to the Ukraine and investing many thousands of pounds of his own money to ensure Ukrainian families and orphanages have vital supplies.

Stuart asked his good friend Ian Wilson, who works at HH Driveright’s sister company, JM Hall Couriers, to help deliver aid with him because they had too much aid to take over and not enough vans. Ian desperately wanted to show his own support for Ukraine, having learned of Stuart's trips through a friend who’s also involved, but Ian didn’t have time to raise funds via a ‘giving’ page ahead of the trip’s departure on 28 January.

HH Driveright stepped in and offered to cover his expenses as his sponsor – including the ferry crossing and fuel – while JM Hall Couriers has provided him with a van from its fleet and arranged all the necessary covers for the vehicle. The vehicle is fitted with an HH Driveright GM2020 tracker, set up for this trip to solely collect details of the CO2 generated. HH Driveright will then offset the carbon, by arranging to plant trees in the areas impacted by the journey.

The mission is transporting items that organisations such as the Red Cross cannot take to the Ukraine, due to the limitations on their remit. This includes quilts, sleeping bags, dried food, sanitary products and warm clothing – all donated by people in Selby and its surrounding area. But the mission is also providing three much-needed ambulances to the Ukraine. Following their ferry trip, the vehicles will cross mainland Europe, staying with families in places like Poland, before heading across the Ukraine, stopping at orphanages on the way.

They will also meet up with former ‘Panorama’ journalist, John Sweeney, who returned to the front line at the age of 64. The trip has been co-ordinated with the help of the Ukrainian Embassy in London and the group is accompanied by a film crew, who are recording the journey, to help raise awareness of what is happening in the Ukraine. Rebecca Hall, managing director at HH Driveright, said: “When Ian came to us and told us of the fantastic work that Stuart is doing and the opportunity for him to be involved, we knew we simply had to help him fulfil his desire to help.

We quickly accessed a vehicle that he could use and JM Hall Couriers are, of course, allowing him the time away from work to make the trip. The financial side is catered for and we just want to see him make the trip safely and come back to us, having fulfilled his ambition of helping those who really need it the most, at this awful moment in time.”

Their next trip on the 3rd June will see Stuart and Ian deliver aid to Sister Julie's Monastery, Kyiv hospital, the Ukrainian Military and another fantastic organisation Ywam Kyiv.

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