P&O ferry misery for Yorkshire man left £800 out of pocket as he tries to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees

A North Yorkshire man who needed to get a P&O ferry to help Ukrainian refugees says he now has at least £800 out of pocket after the company descended into chaos today (Thursday) .

The company has confirmed that 800 of its employees have been made redundant because it is “not a viable business” in its current state. All services were also suspended for several days.

One of the many people directly affected is Stuart Davison, 53, from Selby, who was due to travel tomorrow (Frida) to the Ukrainian border to deliver aid and supplies to refugees who have fled the country amid the conflict In progress.

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Mr Davison was to take a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam and then travel to a village in Szydłowiec county in Poland with another man – each with a van full of food, sanitary products, medical supplies and clothing for those who fled Ukraine since Russia invaded. Tickets had cost £800 for both each way, but Mr Davison said he did not believe he would see that money again.

He said they were now looking for an alternative route either by ferry via Dover or using the Eurotunnel. He said: “But the fact is everyone is doing the same thing and now there are huge queues.

The P&O Pride of Hull ferry in the port of Hull, East Yorkshire, following news that the ferry operator has suspended crossings amid speculation it is preparing to lay off hundreds of workers

“We’ve lost £800 and it’s coming out of our own pockets and now we’re going to have to pay for the Eurotunnel or whatever we use. It’s a nightmare.

“I’m more mortified that we can’t get aid over Poland in time. This is going to be a huge setback.

“It’s really disheartening, especially knowing that we’re not going to get that money back. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”

P&O Ferries urged people with tickets to arrive as planned and said they would find “another carrier as soon as possible”. Mr Davison, however, said he did not want to take a chance.

He said: “We budgeted £1,200 each for the trip, but that’s gone now. We’re going to have to find another £800 to get to the Eurotunnel and then through France.”

Mr Davison said the setback was not going to deter him from achieving his goal and he is still ready to leave on Friday to deliver the aid, which has been donated by people across Yorkshire. He said, “I’m willing to travel all night and stay somewhere until we can meet another day if that’s what we have to do.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Mr. Davison to help with the cost of shipping. To view or donate to the page, click here.

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