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[08 NOV 00] PARCELFORCE NEWS
Coventry Drivers On Moldovan Mercy Mission
BY ANTONY HOPKER

Two truck drivers from the Parcelforce Worldwide Parcel Hub in Baginton, Coventry, have recently returned from a mercy mission to orphanages in Moldova.

Jack Chambers and Ron Latham delivered bedding, wheelchairs, and crutches in the eastern European country.

They were accompanied by 14 other members of their union, the Communication Workers Union, all employed by Royal Mail and British Telecom.

Jack said:

"For the past few years members nationwide have run a number of convoys to orphanages and children's hospitals in Bosnia, Romania and Kosovo.

"This year we decided to go to orphanages in Hancesti, Orhei and Telroy in Moldova, after we were contacted by people in Moldova who explained how vital the aid was - in fact with winter approaching, a matter of life and death."

Eight trucks, provided by Parcelforce Worldwide, Royal Mail and British Telecom, delivered various items including 120 mattresses, 4,000 worth of crutches and wheelchairs, and tonnes of bedding and blankets.

Jack added:

"The people we deliver to are always very grateful for our help and it really is rewarding to know you are helping, and hopefully making a difference to children's lives.

"We would particularly like to thank Parcelforce Worldwide for their support in supplying the vehicles, insurance and fuel for the journey, as well as allowing us time off to undertake the trip."

Jack and his colleagues make their next trip in April. For further information, or to donate items, contact Jack Chambers on 0777 981 2268.
  
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