Medical Foundation thank all those generous readers who sent donations to their "Christmas Present for Poland". Lisl BiggsDavison, secretary, says that two and a half tons of oranges, satsumas and lemons, half a ton of medical supplies, sweets and food arrived in Poland on December 21. These were bought with the donations from all over the United Kingdom.
Committee member Maciej Lira's van was driven by a
friend, Mr. Adrian Moorman. Not all the boxes would go into the van by any means, and 156 cases of fruit travelled in the ship's store room, says Lisl.
Together with the customs officers and soldiers, Dr Jacek Dabrowski from Warsaw and Fr Miecznikowski (the latter with a lorry and driver) met Mr Moorman at the port of Gdynia in northern Poland. Customs formalities were reasonably quick.
The bulk of the fruit went
directly, by lorry, to Lodz withl Fr Miecznikowski, while Dr. Jacek accompanied Mr Moorman to Malbork for the first delivery.
This was at a hospital, where a delighted staff received the unexpected gifts of valuable EC monitor and a defibrillator among the medical supplies. They gave heartfelt thanks.
Warsaw was reached by late evening, where more deliveries were made. "The pleasure which
the arrival of the presents gave made all the hard work and the long drive more than worthwhile", Lis! adds.
Two days later Mr Moorman drove to Lodz with the remainder of the medical goods, which were delivered to the parish of the Academic Church, which had already received the load of citrus fruit. The consignment was small when compared to the usual 40-ton loads. Nonetheless it was received with heartfelt thanks.