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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Eastbourne’s Philippines Typhoon Appeal

November 15, 2013 4:02 PM

An appeal has been launched in Eastbourne to raise money for the disaster in the Philippines following the destruction of Hurricane Haiyan this week.

It is estimated that 2,500 people have been killed, with over 650,000 people loosing their homes. In response to this, an Eastbourne fundraising appeal has been launched by Stephen Lloyd MP, which will give money directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of 14 leading UK aid organisations, including Action Aid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

DEC has said the relief effort is being severely hampered by roads made impassable and airports closed by the typhoon. They are doing all they can to get aid through but they need a huge injection of funds quickly in order to do so. They have said their priorities are getting food, water and shelter to people in desperate need.

Donations to the Eastbourne appeal can be made here: http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-lloyd2

Stephen said: "I have been absolutely horrified to see the appalling tragedy that is happening on the other side of the world. Eastbourne is also a coastal town and I can't imagine how utterly awful it must be for our fellow seaside residents, so I'd like us to try and help in a co-ordinated way. This is why I have set up a specific fundraising site on JustGiving.com and I am delighted that the Herald is getting behind the campaign. I know Eastbourne really pulled out all the stops with the dreadful tsunami a few years ago and I am sure we will do so again."