Nurses go beyond call of duty for typhoon victims

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AN EMAIL suggesting a clothes collection among accident and emergency staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital has turned into a fully-fledged campaign to help Philippines typhoon victims.

Staff nurse Cynthia Nunez-Morton sent around a brief message to colleagues about doing something for the victims of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

GENEROUS Filipino nurses from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham packing food and other items that have been donated towards the aid appeal following Typhoon Haiyan. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133179-840)

GENEROUS Filipino nurses from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham packing food and other items that have been donated towards the aid appeal following Typhoon Haiyan. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133179-840)

But she says her message went ‘viral’ online and she has been overwhelmed by the response.

She said: ‘I sent a message to the staff of A&E and most of them sent it to Facebook.’

‘It went viral and someone posted it on the Portsmouth Buy and Sell site and it was picked up from that.

‘I thought if we could start a collection and send whatever we can, it is a little way of doing a part for our country.’

Once donations began to come in at the Cosham hospital, the nurses started to run out of room.

Julia Louden, a controller planner for E-zec Medical, which provides patient transport for the NHS in Portsmouth, saw the Facebook advert and wanted to get involved.

She said: ‘There were a lot of people who wanted to make donations, then A&E was turning people away because they did not have the capacity to store all the stuff.

‘It went from being something small to really massive. E-zec thought it would be a nice gesture to help them out.’

E-zec, which has a control room at Big Yellow Storage in Rodney Road, Milton, offered storage space while the collection continued.

After that became full, the storage company handed over another unit for the collection.

Yesterday, donations were being sorted into cardboard boxes by off-duty nurses with all donations being sent to the Philippines on Monday.

The volunteer group has enough clothes, and is now asking for donations of toiletries and tinned food with easy-open lids.

To donate to the appeal, visit Big Yellow Storage today from 8am to 5pm and Saturday 8am to noon.