Harrogate businessmen on humanitarian mission.

A GROUP of Harrogate businessmen have headed to the Transylvanian Mountains to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid.

Mark Murphy, who lives in Burn Bridge has cajoled five professional friends from the town to help drive a fleet of vans and lorries on behalf of Leeds charity, Yorkshire Aid Convoy, into the heart of Romania.

The five – Andrew Simister, David Carass, Charlie Lister, Lee Fuller and Anthony Dickinson – are joining Mark to take over thousands-of-pounds-worth of medical equipment, dentistry equipment, clothing, wheelchairs and building materials.

This will be given to a hospital, orphanage and a number of projects in Sfintu Gheorghe supported by the charity.

The mercy mission has been heavily supported by a number of organisations, including Leeds Festival organisers, Mean Fiddler, and Live Nation who stage the Wireless Festival at Harewood House, Dulux and Crown Paints, Commer Group, GNG Group, Drammock International and West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Mark said: "These mercy missions are very important, and it's thanks to the generosity of our sponsors that we are able to deliver this much-need equipment. Unless you have been there you really can't appreciate the deprivation these people live in. The organisations we are going to see do a fantastic job with such limited resources, and they are incredibly grateful for our support and help. I'm also very grateful for the support of the five businessmen going with me as without them we wouldn't have any drivers. As well as the driving they all pay their own passage over."

The convoy set off on Monday and arrived in Sfintu Gheorghe on Thursday, where the team linked up with members of a European charity, Caritas, which supervises the work and aid deliveries.