Wheeling elderly refugee ladies across national borders in a wheelbarrow is not how most people spend their free time.

But that’s exactly what Huddersfield father-of-three Shoaib Tariq, from Longroyd Bridge, has been doing.

Selfless Shoaib has spent the past three months travelling through Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia, handing out aid to support vulnerable migrants from war-torn countries.

Shoaib, 35, who is a director at One-Stop Auto Centre on Lockwood Road, says he would “do anything to help anyone”.

The kind-hearted businessman has spent money from his own pocket flying out to Eastern Europe with several other volunteers from charity Edinburgh Cares, which he was acquainted with through his wife Aamna.

“I first went out in September to Croatia”, said Shoaib.

“We were at the camp and were taking vans full of food and clothing to hand out to people.

“Refugees were standing in extremely long queues in the pouring rain, soaked through, just for a warm drink or something to eat.

“The situation was just awful.”

Since September, Shoaib has returned twice to help migrants from countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and plans to make another trip at the end of December.

“I went to Macedonia where migrants were crossing to Serbia.

“There is a stretch of wasteland at the border and we were helping people cross it to where police were meeting them.

Refugees in Macedonia (FYROM)

“People were exhausted and soaked, with no shoes or socks.

“Elderly people had to be carried across in wheelbarrows as they were too tired and had no wheelchairs.”

Shoaib has even got his six-year-old daughter Ruqaiyyah, helping out.

“I told my daughter about the children I helped, and she was desperate to buy sweets for them.

“When you see people smile and thank you for helping them, it makes it worth it and drives your motivation to help more.

“I hate seeing people unhappy so I’ll always try to help out where I can.”

READ MORE: New appeal in Huddersfield to help Syrian refugees

READ MORE: Kirklees cabinet agrees to rehome around 130 Syrian war refugees over next two years

Shoaib’s group buy food, clothing, blankets and medical aid for the refugees from donations made to Edinburgh Cares, a volunteer group based in Scotland who help refugees.

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/ecsyria .