Ferndown, (PressExposure) May 20, 2008 -- Six trucks used as part of charity aid convoy to the South West area of Kosovo have returned to their Ferndown base. The 7.5 ton trucks from Abacus the vehicle hire company were driven by volunteers as part of Essex based Hope and Aid Directs support for impoverished communities in the small state that is still recovering from the 1999 conflict.
Over 74 tonnes of essential items that were either donated or purchased through fundraising by the charity were delivered to families and schools over the 2 weeks. Despite the harsh conditions, the trucks returned unscathed after travelling more than 4,000 miles.
Hope and Aid Direct delivers humanitarian aid directly into the hands of refugees, displaced persons or those at risk. Their focus is currently in Kosovo, although aid has also been delivered to Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Zambia and Sri Lanka. They have no paid staff, only volunteers, and are not affiliated to any particular organisation, religion or ethnic group. Anyone wishing to help support the charity can find full information at [http://www.hopeandaiddirect.net]
Founded in 1987, Abacus the Â£3.75 million turnover hire specialist now employs 27 personnel with a fleet of 300 vehicles. The company not only provides daily hires, contract hire and sales for cars, vans, trucks (including tractor units) motorhomes and trailers, but extensive vehicle maintenance and bespoke body building facilities. The website can be found at http://www.abacusvanhire.co.uk
Photo caption: Sophie Wolfenden (left) and Hannah Ling (right) with Hope and Aid Direct volunteer drivers Tom Conlin and David Sylvester.