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Beverley aid for stricken Caribbean island
Beverley charity Jacob’s Well has responded to pleas for help from the Caribbean island of Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma seven months ago. In one night 90 per cent of properties on the island were destroyed, causing the Prime Minister to order the evacuation of the entire island to neighbouring Antigua.
Since then, Prime Minister Gaston Browne says their appeals have been largely ignored and forgotten by the rest of the world, with little more than £100,000 received in aid when one estimate claimed 100 million dollars was needed. Representatives from Jacob’s Well went to meet the Prime Minister and others recently in London and last week the Beverley charity dispatched its first container of aid.
A spokesman told Beverley FM: “We have been asking around different hospitals and medical suppliers and donations started to come in. We managed to get 10 hospital beds sent up from St. George’s Hospital in London, from a local supplier an Ultrasound, x-ray machine and cardiac monitors were purchased, and many pallets of bandages and other medical consumables were collected. This container should enable the hospital to get up and running and be able to start treating patients, as the inhabitants gradually start to return.” Jacob’s Well has also launched an appeal – full details from its website, jacobswellappeal.org