Typhoon survivors get much-needed supplies

AID The container at Buriton
AID The container at Buriton
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A HUGE container of essential items to support survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has been shipped out.

Scores of people from across the Petersfield area collected bed linen, umbrellas, kitchen equipment, toys, bikes and tents to help the relief effort.

The collection was initiated by Jane and Keith Barnett, parents at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, who together with Jo Webbern, Dunannie headteacher, set up the appeal.

Parent Rachel Hampson organised a toiletries collection among local schools, including Ditcham Park, East Meon, Froxfield, Herne Junior School, Langrish, Petersfield Infant School, Sheet, Steep and TPS.

The Little School on the Lake Nursery organised a cash collection for the campaign.

Mrs Barnett said: ‘While the aid agencies are seeking cash donations and doing their utmost to provide immediate help to those in desperate need, we wanted to help more directly the people on the ground.

‘Some people had even included little notes with their items to pass on their best wishes and words of support to the survivors.’

Keith Budge, headteacher of Bedales Schools, said: ‘There has been an overwhelming response to this appeal from the entire Bedales community and other local schools.

‘People jumped at the chance to contribute directly to helping the recovery of the areas.’