Beverley charity Jacob’s Well has sent its first 40ft container to the Philippines, crammed with food, clothing and medical and building supplies to help those reeling from the effects of last month’s typhoon.
The group organised collections at Tesco in Beverley where people donated over 20 trolleys full of rice, pasta and children’s clothes.
There were also collections at Aldi and Marks and Spencers and Longcroft School organised a collection of food aid.
The local Filipino society also got involved and sent people to the supermarkets to talk to people about the situation on the ground.
Twenty members of staff from the fitness suite at David Lloyd have also joined in the appeal by setting themselves a rowing challenge of crossing the channel to raise money and awareness about the Jacob’s Well appeal.
Rev. John Beynon, who is leading the Philippines appeal said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of the public to our appeal for help.
“We are appealing for help from anyone involved in supplying the building trade. Of special use are concrete blocks, plywood sheets, metal roofing sheets, screws and nails. Building tools are also desperately required and cement mixers and hand tools like saws, hammers and screw drivers will be given to the local people along with materials to help them to rebuild their own homes.
The Jacob’s Well’s container will be sent to Hernani, one of the worst affected towns.