Shelterbox aid really works

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:52 10 June 2010

I would like to reply to Frank Farr s letter of February 11, Where has Haiti cash gone? He is right to ask this question in the light of the many allegations that have been made. However, as a member of Exmouth Rotary Club, and a speaker for Shelterbo

I would like to reply to Frank Farr's letter of February 11, 'Where has Haiti cash gone?'

He is right to ask this question in the light of the many allegations that have been made.

However, as a member of Exmouth Rotary Club, and a speaker for Shelterbox, I can answer on their behalf. We, in Rotary, and I, as speaker, have witnessed the most amazing gestures of generosity and compassion from the people of Exmouth and Devon.

The majority of people working on behalf of Shelterbox are volunteers and 92% of all money donated goes directly into the provision and delivery of the Shelterboxes This, compared to most charities, is a very good ratio.

I would like to reassure all who donated to this most simple and practical charity that their donations go directly to provide shelter to those without homes and the means, via tools, water purificators and stoves, to help themselves.

Already more than 8,000 boxes and many extra tents have been sent and more are needed as the rainy season begins. We should be proud of this West Country-based charity and continue to give support. Donations may be made via www.shelterbox.org

Marian Scott,

86A Littleham Road, Exmouth.

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Could I thank everyone who helped with Exmouth Health Centre Haiti/Shelterbox appeal. We raised the magnificent sum of £1,113. I would like to say a huge thanks to all the staff, Paul Ashby Crane, Bicton Park, Tesco, Thorntons and Exmouth Pet Supplies for all the fabulous prizes they provided. Thanks to all the patients who bought tickets for this very worthy cause

Dawn Witkiss,

c/o Claremont Medical Practice, Claremont Grove Exmouth.

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