FOUR kind-hearted ‘average Joe’s’ yesterday returned from travelling more than 3,000 miles to aid the victims of conflict in the Ukraine.

Their mission was to drop donations off at the Polish-Ukraine border and finding women and children homes in Germany.

The group was from an organisation called Allen Valleys Help for Ukraine and was led by Tony Beck, who was joined by his wife Linda Beck and four volunteers for ‘a mission’ to help families in Poland and Ukraine by taking donations from the people in the North East.

The group left on Friday, March 11, and took three vans.

 On their journey back from the Polish Ukraine borders, they were able to take 26 women and children to Germany to safe homes that were arranged over Whatsapp.

Although they have only just returned home, the actions of the group have not stopped and they plan to go back again to help more Ukrainian families at the Polish borders a week after they returned.

“We are two vehicles and four people returning to the UK, as we have left some of our team to organise the final logistics of getting ten children and 11 women to find homes for,” Linda Beck says.

“Looking back, we are pleased that we have delivered all the medical supplies to the front line. Having only just returned today and slept for a few hours, we now have time to reflect on the work we have done and our experiences, so we can prepare for our return next week to help more in need.

"For the next trip, we are needing some quality minibusses and vans plus any more financial support which can help us with petrol when we make the next trip.

“We can’t say thank you enough to all that have supported us. This is just the start though so please keep sharing and donating items and funds where possible. We want to help more people.

“I can assure you there are smiles on these photos that would melt your heart. It is important to us that we have helped them to be happy, cared for, and most importantly safe.”