Walk for survivors of Philippines typhoon

SPONSORED Walkers from companies at Lakeside raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133172-574)
SPONSORED Walkers from companies at Lakeside raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133172-574)
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DOZENS of people took part in a sponsored walk to raise much-needed cash for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

People took time out from their day to walk 5km around 1000 Lakeside in Portsmouth yesterday.

Typhoon Haiyan caused thousands of deaths when it swept through the central Philippines on November 8.

The typhoon caused gusts of wind of up to 170 mph and waves up to 15m (45ft) high.

Bruce Wilkins, contract delivery manager at Adecco, organised the sponsored walk to help raise funds for those affected by the disaster.

His five-year-old godson James lives with his family in the Philippines.

Mr Wilkins said: ‘My godson lives in Cebu and they were luckily OK.

‘The family are delivering aid up to the north of the island.

‘They said what we see on the news is the media version.

‘But what they see in reality is the aid is just not getting through.

‘They just need as much support as they can get.’

Vicki Girling, also a contract delivery manager at Adecco, said of the decision to hold the charity walk: ‘It’s something we felt was appropriate.

‘Online we have raised about £600 so far.

‘We’ve been given sponsorship money as we’ve been walking round.

‘I just think it’s a good cause.’

Meanwhile Royal Navy warship HMS Daring arrived in the disaster zone on Sunday.

The ship spent three days carrying out reconnaissance work using a Lynx helicopter before docking at the Philippine island Cebu.

It transported the UK’s 12-strong medical team who are working with the ship’s medics to provide urgent medical assistance on the remote islands.

They are also helping to distribute shelters, food and water.

HMS Illustrious is now also on its way to the Philippines where it will relieve HMS Daring.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the walk should visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Sponsoredwalk5k.

Alternatively visit the Disasters Emergency Committee at dec.org.uk.