Lincolnshire Co-op helps Typhoon Haiyan appeal

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Recovery efforts in the Philippines will be boosted by a £5,000 donation from Lincolnshire Co-op, going towards an appeal helping members of co-ops trying to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan.

There are estimated to be around 10 million people killed, injured or displaced by the typhoon, which struck in November.

According to the National Confederation of Co-operatives of Philippines, over 350,000 co-operative members need support. These include people who are part of rural electricity co-ops and credit unions, both of which will need equipment to rebuild.

The £5,000 donation is being made on behalf of members of the society. It will go towards an appeal being co-ordinated by the International Co-operative Alliance.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s President Malcolm Hoskins said: “Our members and colleagues have great sympathy for the ordinary people whose livelihoods have been destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

“We wanted to make a donation to the reconstruction effort to show our support for our fellow co-operative members affected by this natural disaster.

“We hope our gift, as part of the international co-operative movement’s appeal, will help the people of the Philippines to look forward and rebuild.”