Homes Under The Hammer’s Martin Roberts reveals he’s arrived in Poland after driving 26 hours on ‘mercy dash’ to take supplies to Ukrainian border
- Presenter, 58, drove 26 hours from UK to Poland/Ukraine border with supplies
- Travelled from Bournemouth through France, Netherlands, Belgium to Krakow
- TV star arrived in Poland this morning and will travel to the Medyka border today
- Comes after host broke down after kind strangers helped him buy Calpol in bulk
Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts has arrived in Krakow after his two-day ‘mercy dash’ to drive supplies to the Ukraine.
The 58-year-old presenter revealed last week that he was going to drive a car packed full of supplies across Europe to help those affected by Putin’s attacks on the Ukraine.
In a mammoth 26 hour journey, Martin travelled from Bournemouth through France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to arrive in Poland this morning.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, he said the next step is travelling to the Medyka border, 20km from where a shelling took place yesterday, filling the host with both ‘purpose and trepidation’.
The 58-year-old presenter revealed last week that he was going to drive a car packed full of supplies across Europe to help those affected by Putin’s attacks on the Ukraine
He explained: ‘I set off from Bournemouth where the organisation I’m helping have their base and I went cross to the ferry travelled through France, Netherlands, Belgium, down thought Germany then all the way through Poland and I’m now in Krakow.
‘I’m heading today to Medyka, the border with Ukraine which is 20km from where the shelling happened yesterday, so I’m filled with a great sense of purpose but also trepidation.’
Last week, the TV host broke down in tears outside Costco after trying to buy Calpol for Ukrainian children.
Roberts went to the big-box retail store to purchase supplies for kids in the war-torn country but was allegedly only allowed to buy two bottles – prompting kind strangers to step in and buy the medicine he needed.
Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts has arrived in Krakow after his two-day ‘mercy dash’ to drive supplies to the Ukraine and appeared on ITV’s Lorraine this morning
The 58-year-old daytime television star is driving from the UK to the Poland/Ukraine border with supplies – he is pictured half way through a 26-hour journey
‘I woke up on that Saturday morning, like a lot of people, and thought, “What can I do?” Donating just didn’t seem to be enough,’ said Roberts today.
‘I just went to Costco and tried to buy stuff. I was so touched, I was in the line and people saw me trying to buy this stuff and [when he was refused] they said “We’ll buy it for you”.
‘I understand why you can’t buy lots of Calpol, but I was touched that if you give people the opportunity to help they will do it.’
Alongside a social media clip explaining his encounter, Martin wrote: ‘I wonder if @costco_uk had some collection bins that people could just put donations in it would avoid this situation. Help me try to make it happen.’
In the video filmed in a Costco car park, Martin became emotional after explaining how other shoppers came to his aid.
He said: ‘So listen, like you, I’m properly just really at a loss in terms of what I can do to help with what’s going on in Ukraine.
‘So I’ve come to Costco and I’ve just been buying lots of things like Pampers, kids stuff, Tampax and other bits and pieces.
‘You know, things for kids because it’s the kids, you know, [they’re] everything,’ as he showed his followers a view of his shopping trolley and the things he had bought.
Holding up the Calpol bottles, Martin continued: ‘So I’ve been trying to buy some Calpol and I’m only allowed to buy two, right?
‘And I know there’s some sort of sicko limit or some limit that they’ve put on that stops under normal circumstances people buying lots of Calpol.’
The TV star was allegedly only allowed to buy two bottles of Calpol and took to Instagram to share a video expressing his frustration
He then explained: ‘So some people in the queue behind me and some people in the queue at the side of me both bought four bottles for me so I managed to get more.
‘And I offered them the money, it was about ten quid for four, and they wouldn’t take it.
‘So there are such good people out there and everybody’s trying to do their bit and if you just give them a route to do it. Because we’ve got to do what we can, right?’ he added as he started to cry.
He said: ‘So whatever small step you can take to do your bit, just do it. Because even a couple of bottles of these might help.
‘So do that for me alright. Not for me obviously. Do it for them. Because this is actually, if you think about it, going hopefully into the mouth of a child that needs it.
‘A homeless child who’s now wondering what the hell’s going on in some refugee camp somewhere. Anyway, you get the idea. Sorry,’ apologised Martin before signing off.
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