Communities rally to help typhoon victims

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The community has jumped into action to raise money for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together 14 major UK charities, launched an appeal on Tuesday last week and has raised more than £50m.

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8 and was one of the most intense tropical storms in history.

It brought torrential rain, sustained winds of 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30ft that devastated coastal areas.

More than 3,600 people were killed and about 13 million people are now known to be affected, with 4 million forced from their homes.

Groups and individuals in Stamford, the Deepings and Bourne have jumped into action to support the victims.

Stamford Morrisons manager Nigel Walters, who was caught up in the typhoon while on holiday, launched a collection at the store and has raised about £1,500.

He hopes to raise £3,000 by next week.

Nigel said: “I’m really proud of the British people and their reaction to the appeal”

A Stamford street artist raised £2,500 for the typhoon appeal by selling prints of his work.

Nik Ellis, who paints under the name Snik, hosted a week-long sale of his piece Winged Fire to support the appeal.

Prints were sold through his on-line art gallery Delamain Arts.

Nik, who lives in Stamford, said: “After seeing the devastation that Typhoon Hayain caused, I launched the sale to do something to help.

“The Winged Fire painting depicts stunning birds which are typical of the region worst affected, so it seemed the most obvious to choose for the appeal.”

The Mission Committee at the Priory Church in Deeping St James raised £500 on Saturday by staging a well attended Old Time Music Hall at the Priory Church Hall.

Members of Stamford St Martin’s Rotary Club will be in Red Lion Square on Saturday, November 30, from 9am to 3pm raising money for Shelterbox which is sending out aid kits to the Philippines.

The group will have a Shelterbox set up in the square so people can see what is included,

Members of the Rotary Club of Bourne St Peter together with some members and organisers from Not All Bad Youth Centre became bag packers for the day in Tesco, in South Road, Bourne, on Saturday to collect money for the Philippines.

The event raised £732.49, to be split between Shelterbox and local causes.

The 1st Bourne Scout Group has given £500 to Bourne Rotary Club.

The funds will buy Aquaboxes which can provide clean water in affected areas.

Scout leader Greg Cejer said: “Apart from money raised by the young people many of our leaders have pledged donations personally.”

Bourne Rotary chairman Norman Stroud said: “It’s good to see that the young people of Bourne and their adult team are once again supporting those less fortunate than themselves.”

Donations can be left at Wake House in Bourne where they will be forwarded to Bourne Rotary Club.

Cheques should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Bourne.

*In an earlier version of this story printed in the Mercury today (Friday) we incorrectly said the volunteers from Stamford St Martin’s Rotary Club will be in Red Lion Square tomorrow when in fact they will be there on November 30.

We apologise for the error.