Aid packed by volunteers for ebola victims

The container just before it left the county
The container just before it left the county
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A container of aid to help victims of the ebola crisis has been dispatched with the help of a county-based charity.

The Sierra Leone UK Diaspora Ebola Response Taskforce, whose mission is to get essential supplies and health professionl staff to Sierra Leone to support the fight against ebola, has been working with Wellingborough’s Phoenix Resource Centre to ship the supplies out.

Volunteers from the charity, which is based on the Finedon Road industrial estate and distributes surplus stock from corporations to not-for-profit causes, helped load up and send the container on its way from a warehouse in Irthlingborough last Saturday.

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

But this is not the first time the centre has helped out. It sent out a 40ft container filled with hand gel and medical aid to Sierra Leone back in August.

The container had 70,000 bottles of hand sanitising gel to 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 who 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.