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Big hearted Lee sets off on 15th trip

PUBLISHED: 13:52 15 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH group of volunteers have set off on their three thousand-mile journey to Transylvania loaded with medical supplies for hospitals and orphanages in Romania.

AN IPSWICH group of volunteers have set off on their three thousand-mile journey to Transylvania loaded with medical supplies for hospitals and orphanages in Romania.

The convoy set off on Monday, and marked Lee Arthur's 15th trip to the deprived country.

Mr Arthur, 56, who spearheads the work undertaken by Ipswich Appeal For Romania, first visited the country in 1989 with the Comedy Store, to set up a child psychology unit in Brasov, Transylvania.

His memories are still vivid, and the Greta Blakenham resident recalled: "Being a policeman, I thought I'd seen everything, but actually I had seen nothing.

"Experiencing first-hand the complete and utter devastation was a real eye-opener."

On his return from his maiden trip, Mr Arthur knew he needed to do more to help the children in the war-torn country and within six weeks had raised £100,000 of aid.

Together with his Romanian wife Ana Maria, Lee works arduous hours raising money for the fund.

On his latest journey, Mr Arthur is travelling in a transit van sponsored by Citroen, carrying two large baby incubators that were donated by Ipswich Hospital.

In convoy is a 38-tonne lorry driven by Bernie Martin of Brinor, Felixstowe, that is carrying medical supplies, hospital and sanitation equipment, clothing and kitchenware.

The journey is expected to take approximately three and a half days and the party are due to return to Ipswich at the end of August.

www.romanianvoice.com

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