A CHARITY which aims to ease suffering in eastern Europe has reduced its number of aid consignments in 2009 to just three.
Because of the high cost of fuel and other expenses, Mustard Seed Jersey will cut its deliveries this year even though co-ordinator Rose Hélie described her latest trip to Romania, in December, as the best ever.
She said: ‘The cost of the fuel and road tolls on the last trip was £2,000, and on top of that we have insurance, the ferry, packing costs and so on. The need is still there, possibly more than ever, but even with the generous discounts we are given, it is hugely expensive each time we take aid to Romania.
‘What would help us tremendously was if everyone giving a bag of aid could make a donation towards the cost of transport, as it costs up to 40p a kilo to take the aid 1,500 miles to Romania – which looking at it another way is only the price of a stamp.’
Pictured: Mustard Seed Jersey volunteers help to distribute Christmas shoeboxes at a school in Romania