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National Police Aid Convoy marks 25 years

May 16, 2018
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The National Police Aid Convoy is celebrating its 25th Anniversary: marking two and a half decades of aid deliveries to those in need – and it started in Nottinghamshire.

In 1993, Melvin Reavley (a Blidworth beat manager) read an article detailing the struggles of getting aid through to the politically unstable and war- torn Bosnia. Together with his Police Inspector, David Scott, they organised an aid convoy of 57 containers; using the ‘police’ name to gain more access than those before them. Now, 25 years later, it is the regular National Police Aid Convoy, based in Mansfield.

They started off during the Balkans War, they were there for refugees in Europe and now they’re currently in Africa; delivering humanitarian aid to places where other NGOs cannot reach. They deliver long-term training, medical equipment, school resources and so much more from UK institutions to people in need. 

Volunteers and special guests came together in Mansfield last night (15 May) to mark the occasion and announce the continuation of their charitable work for 100 years.

The Secretary and founding member of the NPAC, David Scott said: “It was a wonderful celebration. We are all volunteers; some have been with us for a year and some for 23. We all had so many stories to share. It came to 11pm and people were still sharing in the memories and the achievements.

“We talked into the night and then the next morning, we were all up and loading containers bound for Zambia.”

Supt. Ted Antill represented the force at the event and said: “I was delighted to be asked to attend. There was a wonderful family atmosphere as all those involved are unpaid and really passionate about the cause. It was fascinating to hear about the history of the National Police Aid Convoy (especially about its humble beginnings from Nottinghamshire Police). And to hear stories of the early days: including border issues where volunteers had their IDs taken from them at gunpoint! The resilience and determination they displayed during those first few years is amazing.

“It started with the desire to make a difference and it’s inspiring to see what can be achieved by rolling your sleeves up.”

PCC Paddy Tipping said: “The National Police Aid Convoy (NPAC) has made a huge and lasting difference to children, adults and families across the world and continues to bring hope and practical help to the lives of many.

“They’ve enriched the lives of thousands, ensuring hospitals, schools and community centres are well-stocked with medical equipment, office essentials and living supplies to give people in need a better future.”

“The charity’s phenomenal success is testament to the dedication and commitment of its army of volunteers. By sustaining their aid effort for 25 years, National Police Aid Convoy has transformed countless lives and I’ve no doubt their work will continue to grow in the future". 

When asked what the public can do to help maintain this legacy, people were advised by David Scott to: “Get involved. It’s as easy as that, just get involved. We all play to our strengths. I’m a retired Police Inspector but our volunteers are paramedics, teachers, and grandparents, from all walks of life. When we were loading up the aid for Zambia this morning, we needed someone to make the teas, someone who knew how to safely load the containers, someone to sort books for the schools. It’s all volunteering, there’s something for everyone.”

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