Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Update on the stranded truckers

 It's good news. Khalsa Aid, a UK based Sikh International Humanitarian relief organisation have been out on the M20 today delivering 800 hot meals and bottled water to the stranded truckers. Organised by the Gravesend Sikh community. Their volunteers have travelled from Coventry and Slough, and have been given a police escort to distribute their food. Marvellous effort. 


Let's hope they get sorted out tomorrow, and get those trucks rolling again. 

I've been out today, will post the pics tomorrow. Toodle pip. ilona

12 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I hadn't heard about the stranded truckers. That relief effort sounds needed. My sister is a retired cross country truck driver and my younger son is a trucker too, so I greatly appreciate these heroes as they deliver Everything to us. And I know you are a retired trucker so that story resonates with you too.

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  2. That is great to hear. Most people don't know that the Sikh community has a mandate to feed the people. We have several Sikh groups in our area that do that .
    Barb from Canada

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  3. That's a generous and lovely thing to do. Hopefully they will be rolling along again soon.

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  4. I was watching this again on the 10pm news, apparently they will be tested before they can go across to France and the testing will start in the morning.
    No explanation of why they couldn't start testing tonight.
    I really hope that the lorry drivers can get home as soon as possible. Must be awful, sitting and waiting and waiting.

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    1. They are still banging on about testing, have they not got the message yet, that the test is unreliable. And what of the positive results, many of them will be false. Do they sit there taking test after test until they get a negative?

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    2. I think it's crazy that they need to be tested. But if that's what it takes to get things moving then get things in place asap. Macron and Boris were in dispute about which tests to use!
      I understand that its because of our scientific research that the UK discovered the new strain of covid. It will already be in France. Matt Hancock has said it was out of control in the UK to fan the flames a bit more.

      Whatever happened it's still these poor drivers stuck at the heart of it.

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  5. So many good people about I am so pleased that we heard about them IIona.
    Hope they are all hove for Christmas.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈🌈

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  6. Plus the hi-vis mafia policing the stranded Lorries arent likely to argue with the Sikhs . Bleedin shambles caused by our idiots in charge announcing that we have world beating plague . Couldnt even order bucket bogs to be put in the laybys ...whole situation beggers belief

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    1. I feel your frustration. Apparently the new strain isn't new, it has been around for sometime, and it is in lots of other countries. Another ploy to scare the shit out of people. The French have always had a gungho approach to freedom of movement where transport is concerned. They are world famous for closing down their country with strikes and blockades.

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  7. A lot of the trucks will be pulling un-accompanied trailers. They get dropped at the docks and will be loaded onto the boat by shunt vehicles. Some of the drivers sitting waiting will not be going to France. They will be swapping their trailers and picking up another one to deliver in the UK.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of foreign based drivers in the mix who will be on their way home, having tipped and loaded in the UK for their return journey. It will take time to sort them out, especially as they are all parked in a massive lump in a lorry park.

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  8. Wow. Poor drivers. Will pray they get moving soon and home to loved ones❤

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  9. from Jac
    Those poor drivers.
    Good for the Sikh community - what an amazing response. People power so much more effective.
    Not really a joking matter but I do hope there's a matching response from PortaLoo to cope with all that curry ;)

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