Workers who travelled for ten days from Preston to deliver aid to Syrian refugees have returned home after a hair-raising adventure.
The team from Granite Tops, on Fletcher Road, Deepdale, left their offices on December 23, in three ambulances packed to the brim with vital supplies that will help Syrian refugees face the winter months.
On their 2,900-mile journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Abdul Bapu, Adam Gurjee, Ibrahim Patel and Mohammed Adam from Preston, witnessed a maritime disaster and even the plane they were travelling in was hit by lightning.
Business co-owner, Soyeb Gurjee, whose 17-year-old son, Adam, was part of the convoy, said: “The boys loved it and said all the people knew about Preston and were so excited to see them because the aid was so needed.
“On the way there the ferry they were on from Italy to Greece was used to rescue passengers from the Italian ferry, Norman Atlantic, that had caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, who were being heli lifted onto their ship.
“So a 14 hour journey turned into a 48 hour journey.
Soyeb added:“Then when they were flying from the Syrian border to Istanbul, the pilot had to make an emergency landing half way there when the plane was struck by lightning.
“But all in all they said it was a great adventure and we’re going to be doing more fundraising in future.”
The team distributed shoeboxes of gloves, socks, scarves and woolly hats as well as winter blankets, food parcels and wheelchairs.