A South Western train driver and Salisbury dad-of-two is raising money to take donations to refugees fleeing Ukraine.

John Halliday, 43, from Salisbury, is a driver on the South Western Railway network, taking trains to and from Exeter, London and Southampton.

He is taking holiday from his job driving trains to help drive a team from the UK to Poland next month.

John said: “I am so happy to be helping out and doing something. I work on the railway, I do not do much else. I used to play rugby for Salisbury Rugby Club.”

Salisbury Journal: SWR train driver John Halliday will drive to Ukraine

John heard about a large group of volunteers in Cornwall – called From Cornwall with Love – organised by a Cornish man called Darren Tait, from his brother, paramedic Paul Halliday.

The group is taking donations to the country, and John will be sharing the driving for this 2,500-mile trip with his brother, from April 15 to April 17.

The group has a contact in Warsaw to help distribution there.

John added: “It is a great thing Darren is doing and I am glad to be a part of it.

“We are just looking for money, which will all going towards getting us across the border and fulfil what we wanted to do.”

To donate, visit John’s GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/f/pjb78-ukraine-humanitarian-aid

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