Appeal to help typhoon victims

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Rotarians in Sudbury are staging a three-day street collection in the town, starting today, to help the typhoon-hit Philippines.

Collections are being held to raise money for emergency supplies to help survivors of typhoon Haiyan which has devastated the region.

They will take place on Market Hill and organisers are hoping to buy shelter and water boxes to send to the country.

Val Goodchild, a past president of Sudbury Talbot Rotary club, said: “The people of Sudbury are always very generous, and we have no doubt they will rise to the occasion and support this appeal.

“The number of people affected by this disaster is significant. It’s like the whole of East Anglia suddenly being made homeless. We must do everything we can to help.”

The club hopes to send shelter boxes, which cost £600, and consist of a tent with provisions and basic survival equipment for 10 people.

It is also looking to buy water boxes at £150 each. Sudbury Talbot Rotary Club has already bought two of these to help people caught up in the disaster.

“We bought these for people after the Japanese tsunami and they were put up in school halls to give people some privacy, and we understand they are still being used,” added Mrs Goodchild.

She praised Babergh District Council for moving quickly to approve the collections.