Filipino staff working in Worthing hospital and others in West Sussex have expressed immense gratitude to everyone helping the effort to rebuild their country.
More than 300 Filipinos work for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and they are humbled by the response for help for their fellow countrymen, struggling to recover in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
People donated almost £2,000 towards a collection in Chichester city centre over the weekend, and a huge volume of items such as food and blankets have been taken to Worthing, Southlands and St Richard’s hospitals.
The response has been so overwhelming that the local Filipinos are now contacting national and international aid agencies to help them, because they have already exceeded the amount that they can transport.
The hope now is that people will keep giving, because the damage to large swathes of the Philippines will only be repaired by long-term support.
The Worthing Filipino Community is one of the local groups involved in co-ordinating the local response to the crisis – more details are available on their Facebook page.
Anyone wanting to help is asked to donate:
Adult and child clothes
These items can be taken to the chapels at Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals, or to a collection point next to the League of Friends shop at Southlands Hospital. Donations have already been pouring in, both from Trust colleagues and from members of the public.
Donated items are being sorted in London and Portsmouth, and then shipped out to the Philippines from Southampton.
Pictured: Earl Leonardia (left) and Beth Castillo (right) at Worthing Hospital