BMR member helps Pickups 4 Peace deliver supplies
BMR member Debbie Playfair, who farms in the Scottish Borders with her husband and son recently embarked on an epic journey to help with the war effort in Ukraine. Moved by the Pickups for Peace (P4P) charity and the work it does to help farmers in Ukraine, Debbie volunteered to help drive out one of the pickups in the latest convoy to make the 2000 mile journey from Scotland.
“When I learnt of the work of Pickups 4 Peace, a farmer-to-farmer charity established to help the Ukraine war effort, I wanted to help,” said Debbie.
P4P delivers vehicles and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and many people throughout the UK have driven out vehicles packed full of essential items such as spades, generators, surgical equipment or spare 4x4 tyres. Debbie added that, “fishing nets are the most unusual item” she came across; these are apparently used to protect infrastructures from drone attacks.
But the enormity of the situation was brought home to her when she visited one of the many cemeteries in Lviv: “The cemetery grows bigger by the day,” Debbie said. “Each grave is decorated with flags, flowers and a photograph. You see the cheeky grin of an 18-year-old and think I know somebody just like that.”
BMR would like to help P4P and is looking to supply a pickup and hopefully gather support from our members to fill it with supplies including generators, spare tyres and parts, tarpaulins, diesel cans, ratchet straps and winter clothing.
If any members have a pick-up for sale or can donate any supplies that could be useful (a full list of items can be found on the P4P website) please contact us at the BMR office.
The full story of Debbie’s journey can be found in the next issue of our members’ newsletter The Ringleader due out in February.