FILIPINO hospital staff have expressed their gratitude to everyone who is helping to rebuild their country.
More than 300 Filipinos work for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and they have been humbled by the response to their appeals to help those struggling to recover in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Almost £2,000 was raised in a collection at Chichester city centre over the weekend, and items such as food and blankets have been taken to St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals.
“I’m truly humbled by the response we’ve had,” said Dennis Arguna, who works at St Richard’s Hospital.
“Words are just not enough to describe how I feel right now – I’m totally speechless. We didn’t expect to receive such great response at such short notice.
“I know that we all just want to thank everyone for blessing us with their kindness.
“It is humbling to experience such kindness not only from colleagues, but from people off the street, people we have never met before.”
“Since yesterday we had to end our collection as we have been inundated with donations and can no longer accept any more as we have now exceeded our maximum capacity.
The donated non-perishable food, adult and child clothes and blankets will be sorted at Portsmouth and will soon be shipped from Southampton.
Chichester Lions Club has donated £1,500 to the disaster fund, £950 of which was collected at the city’s Sainsbury’s.
“As Lions, we not only help our local communities throughout the year, but are able to respond when relief is required in any local community,” said Chichester club president Richard Hall.