WHEN the worst typhoon to ever hit land struck the Philippines, most people could not believe the scenes of devastation on the television.
But for one woman, it was particularly upsetting, as her dad was living on one of the islands with his wife.
After a few anxious days of no contact, Sonia Donoghue, from Fareham, was delighted to finally hear that her father, Guy and his wife Evelyn, were not only well, but that her dad’s military training had kicked in and he was running the aid on the island following Typhoon Haiyan.
Sonia, 28, said: ‘It was awful.
‘His wife had been on the main island when the typhoon struck so I was able to get hold of her but it was 40 hours before we got word to my dad, and a couple of days until we could speak.
‘Even now they don’t have electricity, they reckon it’s going to be another couple of months.
‘He’s living on a generator and he’s set up a table where the villagers can charge their mobile phones, so they can stay in touch.’
Guy, 54, moved to Banatayan Island only in February after retiring from the 128 Field Company of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers last Christmas.
Sonia is being supported by Fareham charity Military Mentors, which helps young people prepare for a career in the armed forces.
Tony West, from Military Mentors, said: ‘There were 300 houses on the island and his was one of only 30 left.
‘When we heard about his efforts, we knew we had to do our bit to raise funds.’
Sonia said: ‘Everyone has been really supportive it’s been overwhelming.’
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