Shining Light Podcast A series of podcasts by Ben Western: Episode 1 Taking humanitarian aid to the Balkans War & Europe's Refugee Crisis. Charles Storer MBE of Hope and Aid Direct. Chas set up Hope and Aid Direct in response to the devastating effects of the late 90s Balkans war, taking aid to people in desperate need in war-torn countries. Twenty years on, and now concentrating Europe's refugee crisis, Chas and his amazing wife Bev continue to take convoys of humanitarian aid to people that need it, along with their team of ever-growing and loyal volunteers (100,000 beneficiaries and counting!).