Call to help Philippines after disaster

Graham Barton
Graham Barton

Former Eastbourne business owner Graham Barton is launching an appeal to help disaster-stricken areas of the Philippines after his beach resort was one of thousands of homes wiped out by Hurricane Haiyan this week.

Mr Barton, who used to run Battle Orders in Willingdon, owns Emponet Barton Beach Resort with his Filipino partner on the island of Higatangan – one of 7,000 little islands that make up the Philippines. Now, following the devastation of the typhoon that has killed an estimated 2,5000 people and left a further 650,000 homeless, Graham is doing his bit to help those affected.

For further details and to donate call Graham on 07831635786.

In addition an appeal has been launched in Eastbourne by MP Stephen Lloyd to raise money for the disaster in the Philippines following the destruction of Hurricane Haiyan this week and members of the Filipino community who live in Eastbourne are selling traditional food at venues to send money to the disaster fund.

Mr Lloyd wants residents to give money directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 14 leading UK aid organisations, including Action Aid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

He said, “I have been absolutely horrified to see the appalling tragedy that is happening on the other side of the world. Eastbourne is also a coastal town and I can’t imagine how utterly awful it must be for our fellow seaside residents, so I’d like us to try and help in a co-ordinated way.

“This is why I have set up a specific fundraising site I know Eastbourne really pulled out all the stops with the dreadful tsunami a few years ago and I am sure we will do so again.”

The Filipino community will sell traditional food to take away at St Thomas a Becket School in Tutts Barn Lane at 3pm today (Friday).