Gift help for typhoon victims

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Generous staff at a Fylde housing group have donated items and supplies for a worldwide appeal.

Workers at Progress Housing Group, which has its head office in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes, have donated items to support the British Red Cross appeal for the Philippines, which is raising money for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

The devastating high winds left a trail of destruction across the islands, forcing more than four million people from their homes and leaving many families with nothing.

Helen Walsh, governance assistant for Progress Housing Group who organised the Shop Drop stations, said: “I’m so pleased with the amount of donations we received.

“I wanted to set it up the Shop and Drop stations after I heard about the Red Cross Appeal and thought it was a great idea that if people wanted to help, but didn’t have much themselves, they could donate by giving clothes, toys and books.”

For two weeks, Progress Housing Group staff held a number of ‘Shop Drop’ donation stations in its office reception areas in Leyland and Lytham St Annes, to raise awareness of the Red Cross appeal, which supports people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Both donation stations received a fantastic response thanks to staff and local residents who donated clothes, toys, books, DVDs and more.

More than 50 full bags were donated to the Kirkham British Red Cross branch who estimated the sales value of the donations would sell in the store for up to £400.

Helen added: “The British Red Cross is the only charity in the UK where clothes and other goods can be donated in stores and sold to directly help those hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Red Cross shops are accepting good quality clothing, accessories, household items, furniture and books, which will be converted into cash to help people in dire need in the Philippines.”