WHEN Melissa Healy saw the tragedy in Japan unfolding, she knew she had to help,.
So the 34-year-old is making 1,000 origami paper cranes to collect cash for the devastated country, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami.
The Buddhist, of Ludlow Road in Paulsgrove said: ‘When I heard and saw what happened I was so moved by it.
‘It’s so sad to see the total devastation and puts things into perspective.
‘Japanese legend says that if you make 1,000 paper cranes then your wish will be granted, that’s why I would like to be sponsored to make 1,000. Ideally I would like to make one for each life that has been lost in Japan.’
Melissa is asking people to sponsor her £1 to make one paper crane. So far a drop off point in Portsmouth has been arranged.
If you would like to sponsor Melissa then visit the Buns and Baps Sandwich Store, in London Road, Portsmouth.
Readers of The News can also sponsor by visiting justgiving.com/melissa.healy