A group of Filipino nurses and their colleagues raised an amazing £3865 from a variety of cake sales and collections held at East Surrey Hospital. A cause close to their hearts they were quick to respond in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in order to help those in the Philippines who were affected.
More than 200 members of staff at SASH are Filipino and the money raised will be sent to three particular areas in the Philippines which have been affected, where staff have friends and family so that the village elders can buy and distribute the items that are needed.
With the help of Matron Lynn Sanders they also encouraged people to donate clothing, blankets, tinned food, toiletries, toys and candles which piled up in the hospital’s multi-faith chapel. Nearly 100 boxes were transported by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to a cargo forwarder in London who will send them out to the Philippine Red Cross.
Maritess Maglasang, a sister on the Acute Medical Unit said: “The whole Filipino community has been overwhelmed with the support we have received from people in and outside the hospital. The money raised is going to make a huge difference to some of the communities affected by the typhoon.”