Ripley and Heanor people send aid to typhoon victims

A typhoon survivor displays a placard with a message along a highway at typhoon-ravaged Palo township, Leyte province in central Philippines at sunrise Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A typhoon survivor displays a placard with a message along a highway at typhoon-ravaged Palo township, Leyte province in central Philippines at sunrise Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Charitable Ripley and Heanor folk have been busy clubbing together for the Philippines, after the country was devastated by storms.

The small island nation in South East Asia was ripped apart by super typhoon Haiyan on November 7.

Reports by the charity Red Cross suggest more than 10,000 could have died in one of the fiercest storms ever recorded - with more than 9.5million people displaced.

An international aid effort has been stepped up by charities such as Oxfam and The Red Cross and to provide clean water and sanitation to those affected.

This week the cause has been helped to the tune of £900 by generous Ripley folk - who donated to collection tins placed in a number of shops around the town centre.

Owner of Clarkes department store on Grosvenor Road David Clarke organised the collection.

He said: “It was something we had done before to help the victims of the tsunami in 2004. People were so generous then so we did it again.

“When you see the plight of these poor people on television that have lost everything, it’s no surprise people have been particularly generous.

“I think the traders would just like to thank the people that donated.”

Grocery store Gummers, on Oxford Street, topped the traders in terms of donations from customers - collecting £142 in just six days.

Staff member Mary Jones, of Providence Place, Alfreton, said: “People have been really generous, you just can’t imagine.

“We put the tin on the counter last Thursday, and by the Saturday we had £100.

“They need the money don’t they, it’s just horrific to see what they’ve gone through,.”

The traders are set to hand over the cash to the Nationwide bank this week, which is accepting money on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

And the funds will do a lot of good in real terms,according to Oxfam.

The aid charity says £50 can provide 120 emergency health kits for those displaced and £120 could even provide a temporary shelter for a family.

The Rotary Club of Amber Valley has also sent off £1,000 to help the appeal, as part of a national effort by Rotarian organisations.

Aid created and supported by Rotary , is starting to reach the Philippines which

President of Rotary Amber Valley, which meets at the Codnor Castle Inn on Tuesdays, Mike Teale, said: “Our donation together with those from Rotary across the UK and Ireland will be used to provide long term and sustainable support for survivors of the typhoon and to keep this relief effort going.

The organization across the UK is mobilizing to raise funds,make donations and help in any way that they can. Funds donated to us by members of the public will also go to support the relief effort and enable victims to reclaim their lives.”

To donate to Rotary Club appeal can call 07850 440001 or email rcav.admin@talktalk.net for information.