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Bohol Earthquake appeal

28 October 2013


The devastating Bohol Island earthquake in the Philippines has prompted three nurses at Southend Hospital to fundraise for relatives who have been affected by the disaster.

Sarah Sagosoy, staff nurse on Gordon Hopkins ward, Maria Asuncion Fontanilla, HCA on the medical assessment unit and Hazel Pondoc, a theatre staff nurse all come from villages which were struck by the quake. Parts of their family homes have collapsed or been destroyed and they are trying to do all they can to help their communities.

A hospital appeal has been set up to help those affected by this tragedy. Sita Lumsden ward (CCU) will be collecting money donations to help support victims financially in this tough time. An appeal has also gone out for old summer clothing, shoes and slippers. These items will be sent out to their villages. Please contact Maria on 07771923308 if you wish to make a donation to the clothes bank.

Lani Harper, staff nurse on Sita Lumsden ward, praised her colleagues for their efforts. She said: "The upper floor of Sarah's family home has collapsed but her parents have to remain there as they have nowhere else to go. They sleep near the front door in fear of the whole house collapsing.

"When I asked how her family were, she told me about the damage but said she is just glad they survived and that whatever is broken can be mended. She has donated a sack of rice to her village as food is very scarce. That sums up the kind of nurse Sarah is. In spite of her hardships, she still thinks of those less fortunate than her."

Maria's parents now live in a tent as their house is too damaged to stay in. Some of her close relatives lost their lives during the disaster. Maria said "I'm thankful that my parents are safe but saddened about the loss of lives of so many people."