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Fundraiser for typhoon victims

Electricity workers have raised more than £1,200 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

From Press releases - 16 December 2013 12:00 AM

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Electricity workers have raised more than £1,200 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The teams which keep the lights on in London, the South East and East of England organised bake-offs, cake sales, quizzes and Christmas jumper dress down days on Friday to raise vital cash for the relief effort.

All the funds will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help bring food and shelter to the survivors of the deadliest natural disaster in the country’s history, which claimed thousands of lives. Staff took part from Crawley, Ipswich, West Ham, Potters Bar and Elephant and Castle.

Graduate engineer, Dimitar Georgiev, the driving force behind the effort, said: “This is an urgent appeal because there is a crisis out there. People have been affected through no fault of their own. They have lost families, homes and they have to rebuild their lives from scratch. Millions have been affected. I feel strongly that those of us who can help should do so.”

The fundraising was organised by university graduates employed by the company. Louise Mitchell, UK Power Networks’ graduate consultant, said: “It is heartbreaking to see the scale of the natural disaster unfolding in the Philippines. Everyone has been moved by the plight of the victims so our graduates came up with some ideas to help employees show their support.”

Millions of people have been affected by the typhoon which swept through the Philippines on November 8, with winds gusting up to 270km/h. Parts of the islands were flattened, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.