MARY Rendon has sent a big thank you from the Philippines to her home town of Bury St Edmunds.
For the past three weeks the people of Bury have responded to her appeal for tinned food, sheets and blankets to add to a container load of supplies being prepared to go out to help her supply aid to her flood-hit neighbours.
Mary told the Bury Free Press: “In the midst of such devastation and suffering we have been really touched and encouraged by the generous response of so many wishing to help back home.
“Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to all those who have contributed. Small things really do make a big difference to families who now have nothing.”
Those who have helped include her old school, County Upper, which donated £500 which will allow her to quickly buy supplies locally. Headteacher Vicky Neale said the school kept a reserve from its annual fund-raising event, which raised £14,852 in 2011, for unforseen emergencies and appeals by ex-pupils.
“This ticks both boxes,” she said.
The cheque was presented to Mary’s mother, Jo Conroy, who is logistics manager of Aid to Hospitals Worldwide (A2HW), the Bury charity which supplies reconditioned medical equipment to hospitals in the developing world and organised the 40ft container.
Today is the last day on which donations of goods can be accepted at the Bury Free Press offices, but Mary said: “For those who have not been able to contribute items for the relief shipment, you can still partner and be a part, extending care and support through monetary donations via The Conroy Rendon Charitable Trust. Your donations will help the rebuilding of lives particularly as we work to focus support for the many vulnerable child survivors and orphans from the tragedy.”
n Cash donations go to The Conroy-Rendon Charitable Trust, c/o A2HW, PO Box 603, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 9DF. (Gift Aided if possible.)
n Donations of tinned sardines, tuna and vegetables except beans, powdered baby milk, sheets and blankets will be accepted at the Bury Free Press offices in King’s Road until 5pm today (Friday).