FAMILIES in Romania are to benefit from an aid convoy which sets off from Huddersfield next month.

A team of eight volunteers from the Oak Tree Foundation are delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to some of the poorest rural communities in the first two weeks of November.

Church groups, scouts, the Women’s Institute and kindhearted people have adopted Romanian families and collected clothing, blankets, towels, toys, and stationery for each group.

The aid will be delivered to the villages of Gageni and Danes during the 10-day trip.

Slaithwaite man Roy Bowden, who co-ordinates the Foundation said: “This is the first time that the Adopt a Family scheme has been used. It has been particularly successful because it has been helping the people of Huddersfield and Halifax respond with a personal touch empathising and identifying with Romanian families.”

The Foundation is also delivering educational supplies, sports equipment and specialised equipment for disabled children, who receive little or no state help in Romania.

The Oak Tree Foundation has been in operation for more than eight years although some members of the group have been involved in taking out humanitarian aid since the fall of Ceausescu in 1990.

Transportation costs have greatly increased with this year’s convoy costing £1,000 more than last year.

Roy added: “The work of the Oak Tree Foundation helps and encourages rural Romanian families to continue their traditional ways of village life by easing their poverty.”

More information about the Foundation at: www.theoaktreefoundation.org

Donations can be sent to: The Oak Tree Foundation, 16 Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5AN.