E&R Freight in Crawley has made its third mercy mission to Ukraine, delivering vital supplies into the war-torn country.

The Sussex haulier travelled to an area south of Lviv before returning to the Moldovan/Romanian border with aid for deaf Ukrainian refugees.

E&R founder and MD Richard Topping (pictured second left) previously delivered more than 100 pallets of aid on behalf of all UK pallet networks and the Association of Pallet Networks.

This time, the Pallet-Track member company gathered donations at its central hub including formula milk, nappies, baby food, personal hygiene products and first aid equipment.

The aid dropped near Lviv was distributed by a local church and the second trip was in support of the ANSR Filiala Botosani charity, which supports deaf, blind and mute refugees from Ukraine and helps them find work.

Topping said: “The last load of aid we took to the Moldovan/Romanian border will support a charity which deals with refugees who are deaf and, in some cases, are blind or can’t speak. It is the only charity doing this in the area.

“The charity is in the process of finding them jobs, while they have all been sent for medical attention and any issues sorted.

“The APN and everyone making donations have done a good job and everyone we saw was very grateful.”

Topping has previously taken supplies to Kosovo during the third Balkan war in 2001.

Caroline Green, Pallet-Track CEO, said: “The selfless actions of Richard and the E&R Freight team are a shining example to us all.

“They represent the very best of our industry, which is uniquely-placed to give practical support in and around Ukraine at the point of need.”