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Lusty’s crew repairs school for 450 pupils

HELPING HAND Personnel from HMS Illustrious with school children in the Philippines

HELPING HAND Personnel from HMS Illustrious with school children in the Philippines

SAILORS from a Portsmouth-based warship have repaired a school for hundreds of children in the Philippines.

The sailors, marines and soldiers from HMS Illustrious helped repair the school in the village of Biton on the island of Calagnaan.

As reported, Illustrious is in the area to deliver aid to the stricken people of the islands after the nation was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month.

Petty Officer Andy Conroy, 32, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘It was fantastic to be able to make such a difference to the people here.

‘We worked solidly for three days and were delighted with the results.

‘We were also able to leave material and tools for the locals so that they can carry on with repairs to other affected buildings.

‘It is great to know that the children are back in school and that we helped it happen.’

Helicopters from Illustrious are shuttling between remote islands after being loaded by crews working 15-hour days in temperatures reaching higher than 40C.

Portsmouth-based HMS Daring was in the Philippines identifying islands needing help before handing over to Illustrious.

 

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