Town is on board for typhoon aid

Survivors walk in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines
Survivors walk in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines
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KIND-hearted Wiganers are rallying round to support the millions of people affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the Philippines last week.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is made up of a host of charities working together to supply aid to survivors who have lost their homes and have no food, water or electricity,

One such organisation is The British Red Cross, which needs people in Wigan to hold collection buckets at the Tesco Extra stores in Wigan, Hindley and Leigh this weekend,

Clare Henderson, manager for the fund-raising team for Wigan, said: “We are looking for volunteers to be able to spend an hour or two, or even more to hold a bucket and collect money.

“The response overall has been incredibly positive. Everybody is appalled at what they have seen on the news and so they just want to do whatever they can to help.

“We are also asking people to donate any unwanted clothing to the Red Cross shop in Union Street, Leigh, and any money from that will go to the appeal.

“People are making a big difference and we are so grateful for the support we have already received.

“We have aid workers out there, who are part of the Philippine Red Cross, making sure the money goes directly there.”

If anyone can help collect money at one of the Tesco Extra stores, call Anne-Marie Cooke on 0161 888 8915.

To make a donation visit www.redcross.org.uk/typhoonappeal or call 0845 054 0200.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is working across the borough to launch its appeal,

Alan Watters, divisional commander for The Salvation Army’s central north region, which encompasses Wigan, said: “We’re deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy in the Philippines.

“Our local corps will be helping in The Salvation Army’s appeal and we are keeping all of the victims in our prayers.

“In the meantime, those in Wigan who wish to donate can do so at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/Philippines-Disaster-Appeal.

“We know the people of Wigan are generous, and would ask for them to extend that generosity to help those in the Philippines who are truly experiencing a tragedy at this time.”

Other shops and businesses around the borough are also collecting money for the appeal.

If anyone has relatives affected by the disaster, call 01942 506280 or e-mail natalie.walker1@jpress.co.uk