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Mercy in Action charity calls for donations to Typhoon Haiyan aid relief

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 22, 2013

Peasedown St John's Mercy in Action charity store manager Mike Smith helps fill boxes of donated food to send to the Philippines Picture: Lloyd Ellington BALE20131119C-775_C

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A charity is urging the community around Peasedown St John to back efforts to send emergency aid to the Philippines in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan.

Mercy in Action supports young Filipino street children and is at the heart of the massive humanitarian effort launched to help survivors.

Already the Bath charity's Peasedown St John shop has seen villagers rallying to help with aid but manager Mike Smith is hoping that more support will come forward.

He said: "We have had one local dentist donate 1,000 toothbrushes but we are after other things as well.

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"Sheets, towels, sleeping bags and tents are on the list as well as blankets, tinned food and rice."

Donations of money are also needed at the shop in Bath Road.

Mr Smith said: "The charity has a container which is leaving the Bath area on December 2 and we want to fill it."

Collecting tins will be in village outlets next week while on December 6 the shop is hosting a fundraising evening between 6pm and 8pm with a stock of party dresses and designer items as well as a raffle.

Mr Smith said the charity had a base at Cebu in the Philippines and had already acted as an evacuation centre taking in children and families at the centre of the devastation.

"Any money we raise and aid will go direct to Philippines where we will focus on helping those in need. We are having regular updates on the situation out there."

Peasedown St John resident Elenita Hisug Bridges, originally from the Philippines, is helping to organise a charity concert at the Chapel Arts Centre in Bath today in aid of relief efforts.

The event at 7pm will support the Oblates of Notre Dame, a congregation of nuns with missions in the Philippines.

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