Fundraisers aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr  Paul Stone and Mayoress Barbara Wallace join the fundraisers.

Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Paul Stone and Mayoress Barbara Wallace join the fundraisers.

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Generous fundraisers have been doing their bit to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Members of the Chesterfield Filipino Community Association raised more than £650 for the British Red Cross to help victims of the devastating storm during a special fundraising event in the town centre.

Beth Edgington, chair of the association, whose brothers and sister lost their homes in the typhoon, said: “It’s been a heartbreaking time for us.

“My brothers and sister are living at my mother’s house which tankfully wasn’t hit.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the people of Chesterfield for donating all this money which will really help with the aid efforts.”

Several Rotary clubs across Derbyshire have raised funds to buy boxes containing much-needed supplies including water, clothing and tents which will be sent to the worst affected areas.

Ian Ward, president of Dronfield Rotary Club, said: “The boxes will be used to provide long-term and sustainable support for survivors of the typhoon.

“To keep this relief effort going, Rotary members are mobilising to raise funds, make donations and help in any way they can.”

Authorities estimate that up to 10,000 people may have died and thousands more displaced after this month’s disaster.