A report on the Bradford charity bringing aid to refugees of the Syrian conflict. And the last flight of the famous Vulcan bomber.
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Welcome to Inside Out. Tonight we have in Bradford. -- tonight we are
in Bradford. Hello and welcome to Inside Out. I am Paul Hudson.
Tonight we travel with the Bradford charity helping refugees from the
Syrian and Iraq conflict. When we see children laughing and
playing with those we feel happy as they are happy.
So tonight we are there as the last flying Vulcan bomber takes to the
skies for its final flight. Just a beautiful, unique lady, isn't
she? And the rugby league players scaling
the highest mountain in Africa in memory of one of their own.
A group of charity workers from Bradford had just returned from the
Middle East where they have been bringing aid to just a few of the 4
million men, women and children who have fled conflicts in Iraq and
Syria. Dan Johnson went with them to meet some of the people who may well
end up coming to the UK under Government plans.
You can't really understand everything from behind a TV screen.
I1 of those people who have to go there and see it for myself and just
help. The Yorkshire volunteers on a
mission thousands of miles away helping people whose lives are on
hold. We came to nothing. All they had was
their clothes so everything we had to provide from scratch.
These are food parcels. This is the result of an aid effort that began
2000 miles away in Bradford. Not your typical chemistry student.
She spends almost every holiday on charity age trips. Over the last few
months she has raised thousands of people fleeing a war zone.
I am originally from Syria and a sea of thing going on now and I feel
like I have a duty to do something because I'm safe so I am really
looking forward to being able to help people and hopefully find out
what they need. The human relief foundation has been
based here in Bradford since 1993. They have spent the last four years
raising money for Syrian refugees and now they're putting those funds
into action. Those people in Bradford they help
us a lot and they give a lot and they are very generous people. We
have to help each other. They have come here to Jordan to
help some of those who fled the war in Syria. 24 volunteers doing what
they can to help people forced to live in a place we don't belong. --
they don't belong. Please don't do that at all. Don't
give cash, even if they ask for it. We are heading out of the capital
towards the Syrian border and a patch of desert that holds many of
the refugees in the most basic conditions.
This is the hard of the camp, the biggest home to up to 80,000 Syrian
refugees. The tents and cut score one for miles and miles. It puts
this in the top ten biggest cities and Jordan. This lady did not want
us to show her face. She has lived here with her family for three year
is after their city was destroyed by bombs.
When the weather is bad everybody just praise the roof does not
collapse on us. The British document says it will
takes the Mac take refugees to Britain, is that something you would
like? Some people want to leave Jordan but
we want to stay close by. So we can go back home if things do get
better. That seems unlikely any time soon
but some things here do change quickly. The weather suddenly turns
nasty. I asked one of the boys Woody misses
most from Syria and he said it was his pomegranate tree that he had
Panda 's house and another boy told me about a sand storm that hit
yesterday and there was dust everywhere and people were running
around and at night it started raining saw the tents for -- and all
the tents were full of rain. They have to do with the worst of
the weather conditions to add with winter on its way the problems for
people here are only going to get worse.
It is sad to see because a lot of the families have such a small room
for eight to ten people. I'm worrying whether they can see
tonight. I feel like there are so much that
we need to do but I don't know how. It seems impossible to be able to
help everyone. But they can still make a
difference. The volunteers hand out blankets and head of a winter that
brings it snowstorms. Here we met a painter who lost his legs in the
bombing. A building collapsed and killed monitors children.
He told me how he was pulled from the rubble but only survived by
eating cats and olive leaves. The group so moved by the story they
decide to do something to help. The only support he is getting is
either from us or from the UN. We said, look, let's try to fund
raise for him through social media to in order to support this man.
A new day and the volunteers are busy filling sacks with food to give
to families in need. A lot of the families this is their only source
of food so a lot of them are alive it to survive.
After a 50 mile journey north they share out the food and hear more
stories of families uprooted by the war.
You can tell from their faces that they don't want to really be here.
It is out of extreme need and dire necessity that they have to be hurt
but otherwise they would not want to come and get hand-outs or gets
charity from people. At the end of the day all humans will have a sense
of pride pride if you like. This woman told us the aid is
important because she cannot afford to look after her ill husband and
her son. Paralysed after being shot in the back.
And there are millions more whose lives have become defined by people
and uncertainty. Refugees have always found this country to be a
welcoming safe haven. But there has been a major influx of people
fleeing the war in Syria. Jordan's population was roughly the same as
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, just over 6 million. Over the last four
years more than 600,000 refugees have arrived. That is like being
tired population of Nottingham moving across the border. -- that is
likened the entire population will stop the volunteers organise a fun
day for kids who have had childhoods ruined and their families torn
apart. Kids like these 12 roads becoming
teenagers in a foreign country. I miss my home, my family, my
friends. I miss everything. And what is life like growing up
here now as a refugee? Everything has changed. At least in
Syria we had our own house. In Syria we had our own house. I miss my life
was really good in Syria. We even had two cows at home sold
life was really good. What you think the future will be
like if you have to up here? My life would be anything here. I
really want to go back to Syria but my dad does not want to go back.
That is my favourite colour. I love it when leaders of the kits because
when you see children and make them smile it just makes all of this
worth it. -- I love it when we come to visit the kids. Home town.
Even if they are not really sure where home is any more. These kids
are all refugees away from home and some of them are away for the Mac
from their families. They have missed out on a lot in life so this
visit from the volunteers in Bradford means a great deal.
But before they head back to their families Bev is one last stop for
the volunteers. They have the news. In just 48 hours they have raised
?5,000, a treatment enough to cover one year of rent and his medical
bills. I'm just so grateful. I pray to God
to watch over you all. He has been very very down and this
is the first time that he has felt like he has got family and it is
quite a special moment to be able to help someone so much.
That was really emotional. It just made this whole trip really
worthwhile because I think a lot of us came here just to see change
peoples lives. That is literally what have done here.
They don't deserve to be living like this, in the rain. This is their
lives and their having to live in that kind of condition so does
really hit home. When we see the children laughing
and playing with us we feel proud, we feel happy, as they are happy,
then we know we have achieved our aim.
Over the past month or so the last operation Balkan, has been pulling
crowds on its farewell flight. As this veteran of the Cold War and the
Falklands campaign comes to the end of its flying life, Danny Savage
tells a story as we join the Vulcan. A chilly day near Doncaster. People
have travelled from far and wide to get here. There is an air of
anticipation and sadness. Today is the very last time that a Cold War
relic will take to the sky over Britain. They have come to say so
well to the last Vulcan bomber. They are iconic aircraft. The other
kind of aircraft that we will never build in this country again. It is
an icon and the end of an era. She's just a beautiful, unique lady,
isn't she? This should really be called the
People's aircraft. It may be painted in RAF colours but it is owned by a
charitable trust and the real legacy is here. Here are the names of
thousands of people who have paid money over the years to keep this
aircraft flying. Why? Because they love it.
Small amounts of money but from loads of people. Hundreds of
people. And that is the way it works. The public wants to see her
flying. It's beautiful lines have thrilled
crowds at air shows for the last eight years. It has been termed the
Vulcan effect, moving grown men to tears.
One gentleman said he thought he must have quit in his eyes because
his eyes were running so much and genuine name I have seen that effect
every year. When you stand there and you look at the crowd, especially
the children. You just see this look on their face. Starstruck, I
suppose. Of course, there is its unique
sound. The haunting howl which can send shivers down the spine of
anyone who remembers the Cold War. Now the world's first delta wing
bomber. And what an entrance made to the aviation scene back 1952.
Just a few years after the end of the Second World War Britain had a
debt to bomb which people swooned over. An early display pilot was
told off for rolling the Vulcan because it was behaviour unbecoming
of a bomber. Although the crowd loved it. Undeterred by such a
ticking off another test pilot pulled a full zoo at a later
airshow. -- full loop. Speaking to us from Australia is
that same test pilot. Tony Blackman remembers that week well. He even
took passengers. The press officer said a lot of the
secretaries wanted to fly in the back during the show. So I agreed.
All right, I will agree to train one every day and then they can fly in
the back and my wife came down at the weekend and said, what is going
on? I want to go in the back as well.
Tony went on to spend his career flying the bomber which handled like
a fighter. He even delivered Vulcan 5582 RAF Waddington straight from
the factory. Amazing how the team have managed to
keep it serviceable all this time. That it relied on support obviously
of the engine and the airframe manufacturers just has to come to
come to the end. Ed displays after this will seem very dull. -- air
displays after this. The operational role of the Vulcan
in its heyday is sobering. In the age of mutual assured
destruction its crews would have been tasked to kill millions of
people with nuclear bombs. The one bomb that we had in our
aircraft was roughly equivalent to all the ones we dropped on Germany
in World War II. All of them. Peter was on duty in November 1962
and was stood on the brink of world War three.
Missiles are 1500 miles range and more.
The catalyst was the Cuban missile crisis. With the prospect of Russian
nuclear missiles being delivered by boats to Cuba just 90 miles from the
US mainland. The Americans and Russia squared up to each other at
sea. The message from America was back of all else. -- backoff or
else. The stand-off continued. The Vulcan
bombers Saturday appealed is with the nuclear payloads ready to go at
a few minutes notice. We were not going to come back. Any
others that might have would have been shot down by a roadside. They
are not going to bother about whether their Soviet of water. We
had no illusions about that. This was definitely going to be. One-way
mission. Mercifully, Peter and his colleagues
never had to use the H-bomb at the Vulcan did go to war in the
Falklands campaign in 1982. It was the plane's most famous mission and
was called operation Black Buck. It was a mission to get a bomb on
the runway. Admiral Woodward, his first task was to put that airfield
at a business which is what he did. Martin Withers was the pilot. It was
extraordinary speed. A round trip of nearly 8000 miles over featureless
sea. The Vulcan had been repeatedly refuelled in the air and was running
on beepers as it desperately search for its last canker one-way back.
The hose was streaming out of the back. First refuelling we have done
in the daylight and it was the most beautiful sight in the world.
It was a cry for the old aircraft. -- was a triumph. It only prolonged
the life of the Vulcan for a few years. It was officially retired
from service in 1993 and taken to Leicestershire. The Vulcan got hold
of it a few years later and brought her back to life. Ten years of work
and millions of pounds including a lottery grant later, she flew again
in 2007. So this is the cockpit. It is fairly
small and review was fantastic. Martin, give us a whip round and
tell us roughly what we're looking at. What you have got here is the
original in-service part of the aircraft.
In June and cements. -- engine instruments.
The nuclear bomb even influence the look of the Vulcan.
The aircraft was designed to be a bomber from a bomber from high-level
so look out wasn't that important and also it was important that the
nuclear strike vote that we were able to cover all these windows. Two
blacks are holding out so that you didn't get affected by the flash.
It is estimated that 20 million people have seen her but with the
expert help to keep her flying safely no longer available, her time
in the sky has come to an end. She is the last all British jet
engine aircraft flying in the world and when we stop flying it is the
end of the major chapter and I think that is what people react to. They
see it as an achievement from an era and is some nostalgia their full
stop I know people will be very sad that it has stopped flying the
aircraft will be retained and will be running order. We will taxi her
and she is destined to be a centrepiece of the new activity to
inspire the young. And so this claim will never fly
again but it is has such an extraordinary effect on so many
people. This play may be gone from our skies forever but for anybody
who saw it they will remember it for the rest of their lives.
It is like a funeral home ales. We'll have a little bit of the way.
The question went before lying any more. -- she won't be flying any
more. You may think there are some pretty
tough hills in the Yorkshire Dales but a group of sports stars have
decided to climb the highest mountain in Africa and then play a
game of rugby league on top. But it is all for charity.
The start of an adventure. 38 rugby league players and supporters head
up Kilimanjaro to attempt the highest ever gain in honour of the
St Helens and Hull player who died two years ago.
I'm joining some big names from the sport including Adrian Morley to
attempt this world first expedition. Steve died of a rare form of
abdominal cancer. Thanks to his insistence on being used as a guinea
pig for pioneering treatment, others are now surviving. This group wants
to keep his legacy alive. With each passing day we will get closer to
Africa's highest summit, and the weather is getting colder and
crucially the altitude means that the air is getting thinner. There
was not a lot of oxygen at this level. It is really important to
walk very slowly, keep a grated and keep eating as these people are
finding out right now. It is not easy.
But the opportunity to test ourselves, knowing what Steve was
like, because for the last seven or eight years of its life he pushed
his body to the limits so it is just a shame knowing that he wanted to do
this that he can't be here because he would be leading the pack.
Just put some cream on. After three days of walking and 24
hours of the crater the starting to take its toll on everyone, including
Warrington Wolves legend Lee. Emotions are rising.
I am determined to. I never thought it would be like
this. I just thought it would be tough and I'm used to cover things
and like tough things. I'm all over the place. I'm doing the best not to
cry. It is hard.
It is. We'll have to get some tissues. Let's get a cup of tea.
Proper ginger tea. It is former club in the morning and
this summer today. The day that we been looking forward to with some
trepidation. Lots of us now got altitude sickness. I've been really
poorly overnight and I feel really rough but this is the day we're
going to head for the summit and hopefully get them in about ten
hours' time and then play rugby in the crater of Kilimanjaro. See how
it goes. Soon as you are bits down think of
someone you've lost and that will spur you on. But if you can't think
anything else just have a think of Steve Prescott. What that man
achieved we don't even come close to.
I'm shaking like a leaf. Six. Vomiting. -- sick.
As the sun rises we start to lose members of the party to altitude
sickness. Better you walk all the newer
carried. -- better you walk-off than you are carried off.
Finally, the rim of the crater of Kilimanjaro. 5685 metres. Just below
the summit. For Adrian Morley this achievement marks the end of the 20
year playing career. I will never come to the height of
altitude ever again. And so we head down into the crater
of Kilimanjaro to stay overnight. It is so indisputable no one has come
to you for several years. Tomorrow we aim to play the highest ever game
of rugby league and make the summit. Horrible night sleep. One hour if we
were lucky. Freezing cold and then the sickening outshoot sickness.
Apart from that we are all OK. Exhausted and six, can it be done.
Altitude is calculated and the pitches measured and out. RF array
has come especially to make sure that everyone plays by the rules. --
our referee. It is a fool, gruelling 80 minutes. At this outshoot it is
very hardware. -- at this multitude and all in accordance with the rules
laid down by Guinness world records. In the end it is a draw. Ten all. It
could take up to one year to rare the rack verify this world record
but we have more pressing matters to hand. The last push to the summit.
But not before we lose another man to crippling altitude sickness. We
have made it. The highest point in Africa. Adrian Morley found out even
the simplest task seems insurmountable.
It does, it does, yeah. We've had some dark, dark times. It
is definitely the hardest thing I've ever ever done but we've got a great
group and we had to pull each other through and things like this last a
lifetime. I'm proud of myself for being here. But the attitude really
did play havoc with me. They said will send you down on a stretcher
which, being proud, I didn't want to and tried walking buddy said you are
no good. There were five of us who had to be taken down and the guys
were absolutely fantastic. They were great.
For two and a bit today's rout the top I just like I was going to die
and on that last day just couldn't put another foot in front of the
other. My heart is full. My spirit is full and I feel very mixed for
the experience. And what an experience. In his last
years of Steve Prescott dedicated himself to others. For then cheering
for experimental treatments and raising money in the hope that
others would survive. In the words of a surgeon, such was Steve's will
to live she carved a path whether war is none, achieved a result on a
cosmic scale for other patients. A fitting tribute to a much loved
friend, family man and team-mate. That is all from here in Bradford
and for this series of Inside Out. We will be back in the New Year.
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This week, we follow the Bradford charity bringing aid to refugees from the Syrian conflict, and we're there as the famous Vulcan bomber takes off for the last time.