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Blagdon Rainbows appeal for stamps to help hurricane victims

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 13 November 2017

Blagdon Rainbows with stamps which they are collecting to help rainbows in Dominica who have lost homes due to the hurricane.

Blagdon Rainbows with stamps which they are collecting to help rainbows in Dominica who have lost homes due to the hurricane.

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A Rainbow group from Blagdon is appealing for stamp donations to help children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

Tracy Higgins, who leads the group, made contact with a Rainbow unit in Dominica three years ago so the children could learn about life in different countries.

When Storm Erika hit in 2015, the guide headquarters in Dominica was damaged and the contents looted and Blagdon Rainbows raised $2,000 Carribean dollars to help the group replace the items which were lost and damaged.

The guides have now suffered further devastation through Hurricane Maria and the rainbow group is raising money again to try to help the unit and their families.

Tracy said: “Dominica took a direct hit. When Dominica first had contact with the outside world, I learned not a single building was left without damage.

“The aerial photos showed that the island had been decimated. The hospital was unusable, even the back-up generators where unusable.

“All the phone masts were down so no phones or internet. It’s now seven weeks on and that remains the same and there is still no electricity in Roseau the capital.

“I finally heard from my Rainbow leader friend Paulette and she and her family are thankfully safe, but their house was flooded and a door and window blown out.

“I only know this because she was visiting a neighbouring island where her three children have been evacuated. Many people from Dominica have evacuated to other Caribbean islands because its is currently so difficult to live in Dominica.”

When Tracey first heard about the devestation she began encouraging friends and family to collect stamps so they could help their friends in Dominica.

They have collected £300 so far but are appealing for more stamp donations so they can provide more support to the families affected.

Anyone interested in helping with the appeal can contact Tracy at blagdonrainbows@hotmail.com
The unit is collecting first and second class stamps, which can be sent to 1st Blagdon Rainbows c/o 59 Mitre Copse, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, SO50 8QE.
They can also be donated via the collection box in Blagdon Village Stores.

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