Volunteers also took supplies of medical equipment, generators and food
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A hundred pasties from a Torpoint bakery will be heading to the frontline of Ukraine’s war with Russia after volunteers fuelled their latest aid mission with a bag of the traditional snacks. Millbrook volunteer drivers Jed Lewis and Pete Dunstone were part of a convoy which took four tonnes of supplies and a 4x4 vehicle from Cornwall to Ukraine recently as part of a campaign spearheaded by Plymouth businessman Andreas Evangelou.
It was the fifth aid mission since the Russian invasion for Mr Evangelou, who this time was joined by the two ex-military men from Millbrook all the way to the edge of Europe. Mr Lewis and Mr Dunstone drove a 4x4 which has been donated to Ukrainian medics for use on boggy frontline fields unsuitable for traditional ambulances.
They pulled a caravan packed with further supplies of medical equipment, generators and food collected by donors in Cornwall, Devon and Hereford, where Mr Evangelou now lives. The Millbrook duo drove as far as Poland’s border with Ukraine, and fuelled themselves on the journey with a dozen pasties from CornishPod, a bakery in south east Cornwall.
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There was enough left over for Mr Evangelou to take into Ukraine for a lunch. Mr Evangelou explained: “Jed and Pete basically took a diet of Cornish pasties and apple juice.
“Pete presses apple juice so he had a couple of dozen bottles of apple juice and maybe a dozen pasties from CornishPod pasties. “So that was their diet from Cornwall to the [Ukraine] border – all they did was eat pasties and drink apple juice.”
Mr Lewis and Mr Dunstone arrived at the Ukraine border several days ahead of Mr Evangelou, but still had a pasty which they left him – and which he took into the wartorn country. He continued: “I was about 48 hours behind them, and they left a bag in the front seat with two bottles of apple juice and a pasty.
“It was so cold that nothing was going to go off, so when I got there I had this pasty which I actually had for lunch the next day in Ukraine. “So I ate a CornishPod pasty in Ukraine and drank apple juice and got the boys from the refugee camp to say ‘Slava Cornwall!”
Mr Evangelou met a captain from a frontline brigade at a refugee camp in Ozero, in the west of the country, which he has developed links with during his previous trips. The military man had travelled to pick up supplies and thanked him personally for items including power banks – portable battery packs – which were going to the frontline.
In conversation, Mr Evangelou recounted the story of the traditional Cornish snacks which had made it into Ukraine. He said: “I told him [the captain] the story about how I had eaten a pasty from Cornwall, and he said ‘send me 100 pasties and I will take them to Bakhmut and get my regiment to eat pasties while the Russians are firing shells’.”
While Mr Evangelou said he would not be heading out for a sixth time, he said Louise Slee of CornishPod was busy making the pasties for the next aid mission in the New Year. “That’s in progress as we speak,” he said.
“We’re going to send 100 CornishPod pasties, 100 vegan sausage rolls and maybe some vegan Scotch eggs and they are going in the next car. They have already been paid for by a lovely lady called Lorraine Ford. She made a very generous donation which will fund the next trip.”
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