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Jennifer Hyland

Lorry full with gifts for kids leaves Scotland for war torn Ukraine

A 40ft lorry full of thousands of gifts for children and packed with essential aid has left Scotland for war-torn Ukraine.

Amanda Duffy-Brown and Nikki Thompson, who run the Mid Argyll Helps Ukraine appeal, organised the truck to help families displaced by Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Amanda, 45, from Lochgilphead, and Nikki, 70, from Ardrishaig, in Argyll, secured the 44-ton lorry which left Scotland on Wednesday for the city of Vinnytsia.

The truck was filled with more than 2500 parcels for children as well as pallets of water, food, medical equipment, generators and candles, which will be distributed by volunteers.

Amanda said: “Ukraine is in crisis and we just feel so much for what they are going through. We really wanted to help out any way we could and send them lots of love from the west coast of Scotland.”

Mum-of-one Amanda launched an appeal on Facebook for humanitarian aid donations in March, just after the war broke out. She teamed up with Nikki and the pair have since sent tons of aid to the country.

The pair even managed to send a lorry full of medical supplies, donated by Mid Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead. Gran-of-two Nikki added: “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the community.”

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