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Friday, December 25, 2020

December 25, 2020
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The Sikh community in Kent has come together to prepare and deliver hundreds of meals to lorry drivers who are currently stuck due to the boarder closure.

Hundreds of truckers have been left trapped because of the closure at the boarder of Dover, with the drivers unsure of when they'll be able to get moving again.

Sikhs from the Gravesend Gurdwara cooked up a whopping 800 meals, in under three hours, which were then distributed to hungry lorry drivers, Kent Online reports.

The volunteers, who are working with working with Sikh humanitarian charity Khalsa Aid, whipped up 500 chickpea curries and 300 mushroom and pasta dishes.

These were then collected from the kitchen by Khalsa Aid founder Ravinder Singh who, along with a police escort, handed them out.

Spokesman for the Guru Nanak Darbar Jagdev Singh Virdee told Kent Online: "They [Khalsa Aid] got in touch this morning about 12 o'clock and by 2.30pm they came to collect the food.

"We made some phone calls to get volunteers together because we are already doing Langar, where we deliver to vulnerable people."

The kind actions have been praised online, with Twitter user posting: "Wonderful work. Thank you for once again helping those in need and providing delicious meals and a sense of some comfort to our essential workers who're stranded."

Another posted: "Thank you on behalf of all of us British who are ashamed of our government's failure to organise properly.

"Thank you for showing the true spirit of love and compassion."

A third wrote: "Absolutely brilliant response. Puts our useless government to shame. Well done."

As you can imagine, drivers are being urged to avoid travelling to Kent, while the boarders are closed.

A spokesperson for Kent County Council, the authority responsible for driver welfare, said: "With the help of Kent Resilience Forum agencies, we were able to give out snacks and drinking water through Monday ahead of drivers being able to access welfare facilities at Manston as part Operation Brock planning.

"Though hauliers are routinely well prepared for disruption, while French borders remain closed it remains important that people avoid travelling to Kent."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We continue to urge hauliers not to travel to Kent until further notice as we work to alleviate congestion at ports."


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