Town digs deep in helping out disaster area

People in the Philippines left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.
People in the Philippines left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.

Rotary Club members across South Holland are lost for words because of an overwhelming response from the public to the Philippines 
typhoon disaster.

More than £2,000 has been donated towards emergency shelters for people made homeless by Typhoon Haiyan, including a £600 gift from Peter Guttridge, owner of Pinchbeck manufacturing firm Guttridge Ltd.

South Holland Rotary Club president Bruce Alexander, Kate Hambling of Welland Centenary Rotary Club and Peter Atkinson of Spalding Rotary Club collect donations in the town centre.

South Holland Rotary Club president Bruce Alexander, Kate Hambling of Welland Centenary Rotary Club and Peter Atkinson of Spalding Rotary Club collect donations in the town centre.

Volunteers from Spalding, South Holland and Welland Centenary Rotary Clubs spent four hours collecting cash from generous shoppers in Spalding town centre on Saturday who gave more than £1,600.

Bruce Alexander, president of South Holland Rotary Club, said: “The public really came to the fore and it was a fantastic response, considering all the other things that have gone on such as Children in Need and the Poppy Appeal.

“We were overwhelmed by the amount of money raised for the disaster relief effort and it was amazing to see how generous people were.”

Enough money has been raised to send seven shelter boxes to the Philippines so that people can have access to tents, bedding, cooking utensils and tools.

Welland Centenary Rotary Club president Kate Rivett said: “We were standing outside in the cold on Saturday but people’s kindness and willingness to give made it all worthwhile.”

Nationally, about £50million has been raised for a group of 14 humanitarian charities in just eight days as people give in response to a disaster in which more than 3,600 people died and four million people were left homeless.

Richard Thacker, president of Spalding Rotary Club, said: “We had an email from the owner of Guttridge Ltd, Peter Guttridge, who doesn’t live locally but who is a Rotarian.

“He felt that it would be best to give to the appeal in the area where his business is based and so he donated £600 to our Philippines Disaster Appeal.

“We’re delighted with the donation and it just proves what a great place we live in.”