07:00 Friday 29 November 2013

Soham couple go out of their way to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

Written byJORDAN DAY

Organiser, Gary Mills (front right), Evelyn Mills (front centre) and Mike Duque - president of the PNA - were joined by volunteers to load aid into the containers bound for the Philippines. Organiser, Gary Mills (front right), Evelyn Mills (front centre) and Mike Duque - president of the PNA - were joined by volunteers to load aid into the containers bound for the Philippines.

Thousands of pounds worth of food and equipment has been sent to grief-stricken communities in the Philippines thanks to a kind-hearted couple.

Gary and Evelyn Mills, from Soham, have made it their mission to try and help the thousands of people affected by devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

Evelyn, 67, is from Manila and owns a small shipping business called Tagalog Balikbayan Services, which specialises in sending goods to the Philippines.

The couple decided to pay for two 40ft containers full of aid - worth around £1,000 - out of their own pocket, and, thanks to support from organisations across the UK, they have been able to fill them with food and lifesaving equipment.

On Wednesday (November 27), an army of volunteers joined the couple at their warehouse in Wisbech Road, Littleport, to pack the containers.

Evelyn, who lives with Gary in West Drive Gardens, said: “We had donations from all over the country - it has been amazing.

“We just wanted to do something to help the poor people affected by the typhoon.

“The containers are 40ft long and are full of clothes, blankets, food and other things which they are so desperate for.

“It feels fantastic to have helped.”

Representatives from the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath, the Philippine Embassy and donors joined Evelyn and Gary to pack the containers.

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