Thousands raised for typhoon appeal

The Rotary Club of the Sovereign Harbour held a charity collection
The Rotary Club of the Sovereign Harbour held a charity collection

A community effort has seen thousands of pounds raised in the wake of the typhoon in the Philippines.

People have been digging deep following the disaster which has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people.

Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd launched the Eastbourne Philippines Appeal which currently stands at £5,230 and has seen residents join forces to help those in need on the devastated islands.

Around the town people have been busy organising events for the appeal as well as donating to similar causes to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

A charity collection by members of the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour has seen £952 raised for Shelterbox. It is one of Rotary’s main charities and provides disaster relief following major humanitarian crises, including a tent, groundsheets, sleeping bags and other items to help support a family of 10.

Don Perman, a past president of the club who organised the collection, said, “In two days, we collected £952 which, with a small top-up from our club funds, will enable us to purchase further Shelterboxes for this great cause. We were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the public – many were putting £5 and £10 notes into our collection buckets and asking questions about Shelterbox.”

The Rotary Club of Eastbourne also boosted further funds for Shelterbox with a collection drawing in £1,841.

Elsewhere The Eastbourne Academy, which has links with several families in the Philippines, saw its students rally together to raise £600 and more funds are still coming in. Pupils used their vivo reward system to do this. Vivo allows pupils to gain points for good work or behaviour which can be saved and spent in an online shop either for themselves or in donations to one of the charities being supported by The Academy.