Hundreds raised for victims in Philippines

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STUDENTS at a Southsea school have been joining forces to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

After the disaster, the St John’s College junior and senior schools teamed up to raise a grand total of £900, which was sent to the De La Salle community in Manila, in the Philippines, via St John’s College parents on board HMS Illustrious.

Staff working on HMS Illustrious had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the Manila team, showing them the aircraft carrier and explaining the work that the Portsmouth-based ship had done in the area.

A cheque for £900 was presented on the flight deck in Manila.

Clare Young, marketing manager at St John’s College, said: ‘Like many others, we were shocked and saddened by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

‘We wanted to respond quickly and with a De La Salle sister school in the Philippines, we thought it appropriate to work through them.

‘Together with a number of parents on board HMS Illustrious we knew our donation would go directly to the cause.

‘We had the appeal on the same day as Children in Need, and were really encouraged by the support of our students and staff – who donated money to both causes.

‘It was wonderful to see one De La Salle community working to help another.’

De La Salle is a network of schools and Christian education in Great Britain and around the world

More than 5,000 people were killed by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines last November.

Millions of pounds has been raised around the world to support people in need.