AN APPEAL to help those struggling in the Philippines has got off to a flying start in Bognor Regis.
Melissa Woods, owner of The Worx salon, has been overwhelmed with the response she has received after she decided to collect enough clothing, bedding, shoes, toys, toiletries and tins to fill a container to be shipped to the county.
“The response so far has been brilliant. When people have found out what we are doing they have been so generous,” she said.
Melissa decided to do her bit to help out in the aftermath of super typhoon which hit the country last month in the hope that even the smallest donations would make a huge difference.
Melissa said: “I just felt I really wanted to do something to help. My friend works at the City bank in London and they were doing something similar.
“I didn’t want to ask people for money as I know a lot of people are really struggling at the moment, but everyone has things in their cupboards they no longer need, want or use.
“These things will really make a big difference to people.”
Local businesses have also pledged their support to the effort with Bognor Motors donating a lorry to take the goods to the container, and Graham Press printing leaflets to publicise the effort.
“Everyone has been fantastic. We already have lots of stuff. My parents lounge is full up, the beauty room and the tanning room are also packed. We are even having to move things around so we can work,” said Melissa.
It is hoped the 40 foot container will be filled to the brim with items, which will make a huge difference to those struggling.
They will travel by boat to the country where they will be received by the British Red Cross and the Philippine Embassy and be distributed where they are needed most.
Anyone who wants to donate items can drop them off at the High Street salon. All donations must be received by 4pm on Monday so they can be sorted and packed.