The Philippine Consul General to the UK, Senen Mangalile, visited Barchester Healthcareâ€™s Lynde House care home in Twickenham to collect more than Â£1,000 raised for those affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
Mr Mangalile was presented with a cheque from staff, residents and friends of Lynde House who raised the money from a cake sale. The money will be given directly to the British Red Cross. Mr Mangalile also watched a performance of a Filipino choir, organised to attend the special visit by the home.
In addition to the money made from the cake sale, a large amount of goods such as clothing, bedding, shoes, toys, canned goods and pots and pans were also donated by people with links to Lynde House. These items were donated to British Airways who had flown relief flights of provisions to the Philippines distributing it to those in need.
Typhoon Haiyan is one of the largest storms ever recorded and struck the Philippines on 2 November 2013, causing utter devastation with an estimated 6,000 deaths and leaving many thousands homeless and cut off from food and water supplies.
Alison McIntosh, General Manager at Lynde House, said: â€œWe have many wonderful Filipino staff here at Lynde House who do such a wonderful job taking care of our residents that we all wanted to do something for those who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
â€œThree of our staff have family who have been directly affected by the Typhoon and we hope that this money and the huge amount of clothing and home goods that have been donated by staff, residents and the local community, will in some way be able to help those that need it.â€