Japan appeal tops £400

A COLLECTION in support of the victims of the Japanese earthquake raised more than £400 at the weekend.

Sudbury shoppers gave generously at the fundraising effort organised by the town’s two Rotary Clubs set up outside the town hall on Saturday.

Club members were looking to raise money for ShelterBox, a charity which provides emergency relief boxes packed with vital essentials, such as tents and cooking equipment for extended families of up to 10 people.

Val Goodchild, Sudbury Talbot rotarian and town mayoress, said: “We raised a total of £416, which is just short of the cost of one ShelterBox at £490.

“There was a lot of support for what we were doing and we are very pleased with the response to our appeal.

“We know that every penny donated will be go directly to those who need our help most and we thank all those who supported us.”

The earthquake and tsunami that struck in Japan on March 11 measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and is feared to have killed tens of thousands of people.

Anyone who would like to donate to the ShelterBox charity should visit www.shelterbox.org.