A group of volunteers who delivered thousands of meals to stranded truckers in Kent are now helping flood victims affected by Storm Bella.
Members of Khalsa Aid International handed out 1,000 pizzas and 1,500 bowls of curries and pasta to truckers in the days leading up to Christmas.
But within hours of leaving the scene on the M20 on Christmas night, they received a call from flood-ravaged Bedfordshire and set out the next day.
They obtained four tons of sand and set out to fill and distribute 1,000 sandbags at the end of the day.
“Our goal is to be there when help is needed, which is now,” said Indy Narwal, a senior volunteer with the Slough-based relief group.
“Sikhs are very generous people, and after such a bad year, we want to do everything we can to help. If they need more help in the future, we will be back. “
Indy, 31, described the 12-hour days that began on December 12 and ended on Christmas Day when they handed out Dominos pizza and hot meals provided by a local temple run by Guru Nanak Barbar in Kent.
“A hot meal goes a long way when you’re feeling stranded and lonely, and I hope we’ve lifted the truck drivers’ spirits,” he said.
But as soon as they got home on Christmas night, they were already preparing for their next mission.
At 2 p.m. the following day, Britain’s Boxing Day holiday, a team of 12 volunteers from Khalsa Help he had filled 1,000 sandbags and worked until 8pm that night to distribute them.
“We’ve helped with the floods before, like in Somerset in 2014, so we knew what we had to do and we just pushed ourselves.”
More than 1,500 truckers were trapped in a stuck limbo waiting to leave the UK after France closed its border due to fear of the coronavirus and a new outbreak in England. Some drivers found places to stay, while others spent their nights in their vehicles, waiting for information on when they could get home. Thousands of Covid-19 tests were being administered in an effort to clear the road, so those with negative results could cross the border.
“That’s what it’s all about: being there when help is needed, even in wind and rain.
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