Club shows support for Philippines

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A football club is planning to raise money for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Ashington CFC is to support the disaster relief effort this weekend with fundraising at the home game against Bishop Auckland.

Woodhorn Lane chairman Ian Lavery, who is also MP for Wansbeck, said: “The club are very much aware that in particular in the Hirst area of Ashington, there is a vibrant Filipinos community that mainly service the hospital and we feel obliged to try and help out where we can.

“We are a community club and we have responded to disasters across the world and just feel that it’s the best thing and right thing to do in trying to help the people in the Philippines via the community, which is a growing community in Wansbeck.

“We are in the planning stages but we will have a raffle, a collection and will see what our attendance is - and then we will be donating money as well.

“I think it is very important that we recognise we are living in difficult times ourselves but we should not take our ‘eye off the ball’ in terms of what is happening in catastrophic events across the world.

“If people can dip their hands in their pockets on November 30, then let us see what we can do to make a little bit of difference for those who are suffering greatly in the Philippines.”