The South Yorkshire Times is today calling on big-hearted readers to get behind a fund raising campaign to help a Denaby woman’s family who are struggling for survival in the typhoon-hit Philippines.
Relatives of Catherine Lequin Encinas Hambrey survived the ferocious Typhoon Haiyan which hit the country last November but they now have no electricity to their wind-battered home.
Mrs Hambrey, 41, of Westmorland Lane, is hoping to raise £350 to buy parents Joe, 72, and Lydia, 65, a generator so they can have indoor light and cooked meals.
The SYT has teamed up with the mum-of-two to promote the appeal and she is asking for anyone who can help to get in touch.
She said: “There is a well in the village which is still working, but they are struggling for food. Aid is running out and they are having to go further and further to get food.
“I have sent money over and the support from the UK has been really good, but they still need more help.”
She added; “I will send the money over so they can buy a generator. The main power supplies are still off.
“If anyone can help I would be so grateful.”
She told how the family barricaded themselves in at the home when 170mph winds hit the islands.
Mrs Hambrey said: “They told me when the typhoon came it was like a hurricane sweeping through the sea and was very frightening.
“Their house is made of brick and they took shelter there, along with some friends and family.
“Part of the roof came off so they have spent Christmas and the last few weeks rebuilding. I was just so relieved to speak to them. It was nice to finally hear their voice.”
Mrs Hambrey helped to pay for her parents’ brick house to be built about ten years ago in the municipality of Palompon, about 60 miles west of Tacloban City, Leyte Island, in which 10,000 people alone are thought to have perished in high winds and flooding.
About 650,000 are estimated to have been displaced by the typhoon, which was one of the worst storms on record.
Despite Red Cross aid efforts, thousands of people are struggling to survive.
To support Mrs Hambrey’s appeal, contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Crisis Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk or call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900.