The effects of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has stretched throughout the world with calls for aid to help the victims of the catastrophe. It has been estimated that over 11million people are desperately seeking help
And in Whitchurch many in the community have come together to assist as best they can, in a call started by local resident Aizel Finch, who hails from the Philippines. Her fantastic enthusiasm spread wide throughout the area.
Collection points for much needed supplies were set up around the town, including at All Hallows, Daisydown Crafts and the Gill Nethercott Centre. Helpers rallied, and box upon box were filled ready for dispatch.
From floor to ceiling with boxes
The town’s social media accounts came to the fore as volunteers came forward to help Aizel – her house becoming filled to the ceilings with donations. Clothes, blankets, medical supplies, foods and many other essential items poured in. Boxes were packed and taped – over 300 to date.
Aizel posted on Facebook:
“It is phenomenal because of the superb response from not only Whitchurch but also from several communities close to us.”
Whitchurch made the TV
BBC South Today came to Whitchurch on Friday and covered the wonderful efforts.
The item was shown on several news bulletins throughout the day.
This wonderful effort by local people, shows the true community spirit the town enjoys.
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