Buckden care home makes appeal to help typhoon victims in Philippines

Rolled British banknotes and stacks of coins standing in a row

Rolled British banknotes and stacks of coins standing in a row - Credit: Sarah Allison

The manager of a Buckden care home has appealed for clothes and financial aid for those affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.

Allison Axon, of Hardwick Dene, said six members of her team were Filipino and had been desperately concerned about relatives since last week’s storm tore through the islands.

“Their families have just got nothing,” she said. “They’re in areas that have been evacuated. One of them has children out there but luckily they are in Manila. There’s not a lot they can do which is why we want to help.”

More than 10,000 people are thought to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on Friday (November 8), leaving hundreds of thousands of people without a home.

Mrs Axon, who has been at the residential care home off Taylor’s Lane for more than four years, said she wanted to do something to support her staff.

“They are always really supportive of everybody here and we feel like we would like to support them somehow.

“It’s not just now when they need food and water, it will be afterwards as well.”

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The home is collecting donations of clothing which it plans to send to the relatives of Hardwick Dene staff. It is also holding a raffle to raise funds to cover the cost of postage.

Mrs Axon said donations of prizes would be gratefully received.

INFORMATION: Donated clothing can be dropped off at Hardwick Dene or contact Mrs Axon, who is also selling raffle tickets, on 01480 811322.