Barnstaple shoppers' help for Haiti
GENEROUS shoppers at a Barnstaple supermarket have been doing their bit to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Customers donated more than �1,000 towards the Rotary Club-supported charity Shelterbox at Brian Fords on Saturday at a collection organised by th
GENEROUS shoppers at a Barnstaple supermarket have been doing their bit to help earthquake victims in Haiti.
Customers donated more than �1,000 towards the Rotary Club-supported charity Shelterbox at Brian Fords on Saturday at a collection organised by the Barnstaple Link club and Yelland residents Joanne and Jim Bell.
The amount raised will enable the charity to send another two boxes on top of the 1,700 already dispatched to Port-au-Prince following last week's 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Caribbean island.
Around 250 boxes have already been distributed to people in the devastated capital, while a further 1,600 boxes, containing a disaster relief tent for 10 people, a stove, blankets and other essential items, will be shipped from the charity's base in Helston, Cornwall this week.
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Martin Chamberlain, president of Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, thanked the Bells for their support.
"Joanne and Jim wanted to do as much as possible to help the Haitians having seen the harrowing images on television.
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"Their efforts will help purchase more boxes either to help in Haiti or to add to the depleting stock ready for the next disaster.
"Joanna and Jim were wonderful having made arrangements in advance for a collection and it was a joy to help such an enterprising couple," he added.
ON Saturday, February 13, Beaford Village Hall will host a bring and buy coffee morning in aid of Shelterbox, from 10am to 12noon.
Donations of cakes, raffle prizes or items for stalls are appreciated. For more information telephone John or Gloria on (01805) 603394.