Aid for ebola victims heading out with help of Wellingborough charity

The Phoenix Resource Centre team with the last shipment to help ebola victims

The Phoenix Resource Centre team with the last shipment to help ebola victims

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A container of aid to help victims of the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone will set off from the county tomorrow.

The Sierra Leone UK Diaspora Ebola Response Taskforce, whose mission is to get essential supplies and health professional staff to Sierra Leone to support the fight against ebola, is preparing to send the much-needed supplies out this weekend.

With the help of the Phoenix Resource Centre in Wellingborough, the shipment will be loaded and dispatched tomorrow (Saturday).

The taskforce has teamed up with the charity, based on the Finedon Road industrial estate, which distributes surplus stock from corporations to not-for-profit causes.

Among the items heading out to help people affected by the outbreak are medication, crutches and hospital beds.

Members of the taskforce are working with Sierra Leone government authorities both in the UK through the Sierra Leone High Commission and in Freetown through the Chief Medical Officer, of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr Brima Kargbo, and the CEO of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Major (rtd) Palo Conteh.

But this is not the first time the county-based Phoenix Resource Centre has helped out.

It sent out a 40ft container filled with hand gel and medical aid which would have been heading to landfill to Sierra Leone back in August.

The container had 70,000 bottles of hand sanitising gel which will help people in the West African country trying to prevent the illness, which can prove fatal, spreading.

Previous shipments have also gone out to help people in Syria, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The charity has volunteers aged between 11 and 75 and they give up their time to sort through items given to the charity to recycle or re-use.

They take in clean usable waste including off-cuts of material, wood and card, surplus stock, end of line items and unwanted goods or returns which would probably end up in landfill instead.

Suppliers giving items to the charity can save on warehouse space and not have to pay to get rid of it, as well as reducing their carbon footprint.

For details about the centre and its work, including a discounted resources centre for members including schools and charities, go to www.phoenix-resource-centre.org.uk.