Generous North Devon shoppers support Haiti appeal
NORTH Devon shoppers have given generous support to the region s Rotary Clubs to bring help to the earthquake victims in Haiti. A collection outside the Morrison s store in Bideford brought enough cash to buy one ShelterBox every 90 minutes during collect
NORTH Devon shoppers have given generous support to the region's Rotary Clubs to bring help to the earthquake victims in Haiti.
A collection outside the Morrison's store in Bideford brought enough cash to buy one ShelterBox every 90 minutes during collections there on Friday and Saturday.
Volunteers collected �6,800, including �450 for a complete box from one particularly generous shopper.
In Barnstaple, Rotarians collected around �6,000 at the Guildhall and Marks and Spencer on Friday and Saturday, with another �3,000 in private donations. This makes enough to finance 20 ShelterBoxes.
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Bideford Rotary Club says it has now collected more funds for ShelterBox than any other club in the world. In the past four weeks 21 more have been given by local people from collections at the Big Sheep Farmers' Markets and Morrison's Supermarket.
Bideford Rotary president Chris Blanchard said: "Well done Rotarians, well done Morrisons and the Big Sheep and thank you to the people of Bideford for being so generous."
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In Barnstaple,customers donated more than �1,000 at Brian Fords on Saturday with a collection organised by the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club and Yelland residents Joanne and Jim Bell.
The money 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.
Martin Chamberlain, president of Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, thanked the Bells for their support.
He said: "Joanne and Jim wanted to do as much as possible to help the Haitians, having seen the harrowing images on television. Their efforts will help purchase more boxes either to help in Haiti or to add to the depleting stock ready for the next disaster."
n 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.