Council leader is returning to Poland to help with Ukrainian relief effort
The Leader of Lichfield District Council Doug Pullen is returning to Poland to again offer help to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in their homeland.
Almost 2.6 million refugees have been taken in by neighbouring Poland and last month Councillor Pullen – deeply moved by the plight of these people who have lost loved-ones, homes, possessions and livelihoods - flew out to assist.
He hired a car and transported refugees from the Polish border to places of safety and bought vital supplies for those arriving including food, drink and bedding.
Paying his own travel expenses Councillor Pullen set up a GoFundMe page in his name to help cover the cost of fuel and supplies which has raised more than £9,000.
On Thursday 14 April Councillor Pullen flies back out to Poland to offer more help.
Councillor Pullen said:
“The situation has become worse since last month - more refugees are arriving from Ukraine and free public transport has now been removed for many.
“I want to do whatever I can to help by transporting more refugees to where they want to go and buying much-needed supplies.
“These people are arriving in Poland with almost nothing.”
Councillor Pullen wished to thank everyone who made a donation to his fundraising page.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Lichfield District and their willingness to help Ukrainian refugees.”