A HARTLEPOOL appeal to support those devastated by the typhoon which tore through the Philippines has received a tasty boost.
Hartlepool Rotary Club is calling on residents and businesses in Hartlepool to donate to those who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through the country two weeks ago.
The typhoon is said to have killed more than 4,000 people with around half a million left homeless.
A number of appeals have since been launched to send aid to the worst affected areas and Hartlepool Rotary Club is urging people in the town to support ShelterBox, a humanitarian aid project which is providing survival kits for those in need after the disaster.
The rotary club’s plea was heard by the kind-hearted students at Manor College of Technology, who gave up their break and lunch times for two days to help raise cash.
The youngsters baked cakes and sales held in the school raised almost £270.
Headteacher Anne Malcolm said: “I put out an email to our deputy year leaders saying we should do something to raise money for the appeal and we were inundated with fantastic ideas from so many of the students.
“They decided to hold a bake sale and to raise almost £270 in just two days at break and lunch times is an absolutely outstanding effort.”
That money will all go towards funding one of ShelterBox’s survival kits.
The boxes which typically contain basis survival items including a 10 person tent and blankets, a stove and other cooking equipment, water containers and a tool kit, cost £590 each to put together.
Hartlepool Rotary Club has already paid for two boxes and Ted Jackson, the club’s publicity officer, is now hoping for more generosity like that at Manor College of Technology.
Anybody wishing to donate to the appeal can make cheques payable to Hartlepool Rotary Club and send them to Ted Jackson at 7 Amble Close, Hartlepool, TS26 0EP.
Cash can be donated at Regent Travel, in Hartlepool’s York Road.