Concert to help Ebola victims

The cheque is presented to Richard Homewood
The cheque is presented to Richard Homewood
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A concert is being held this evening to help Hastings twin town in Sierra Leone as the African country tries to deal with the Ebola crisis.

The event at St Mary in the Castle starts at 7.30pm and will feature Sussex Brass, helped by Vincent Salzfas and his African drummers and by Robertsbridge Community Choir, putting on a gala performance in aid of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link (HSLFL).

The Hastings and Eastbourne Healthcare branch of Unison has also stepped in to help Hastings, Sierra Leone by making a generous donation of £500 to the link, which has launched a campaign to raise funds to help sustain the local community health centre in Hastings as mainstream government and aid resources are diverted to the Ebola crisis.

Richard Homewood, chairman of the HSLFL, said: “We very much appreciate this generous donation which will help bolster our fundraising to support the community health centre. We have already sent a shipment of essential protective equipment and medical supplies and have paid for the water tower and so on to be replaced so that there is a supply of running water in the health centre, essential for good hygiene which is critical with Ebola.

“The Hastings community relies totally on the health centre for all of its basic healthcare needs and not just Ebola care. It also has to battle with malaria, HIV and a whole range of other infectious diseases and also provide maternity and post-natal care. There are cases of Ebola in Hastings, Sierra Leone now and we need to do all we can to help them so every penny raised counts and this donation will be wisely used and make a huge difference.”

Jonathan Lee, secretary of the Hastings and Eastbourne Healthcare Branch of Unison, said: “Our branch understands the dangers healthcare workers face at this time of great uncertainty. We were very saddened to hear of the death of Dr Olivet Buck, a dedicated doctor who risked her own safety to help others. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of sick patients, making doctors and nurses particularly vulnerable to contacting the virus which has no vaccine or approved treatment.”

The link welcomes all donations. You can donate online at https://www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1127137/ebola or by post, cheques made out to HSLFL and sent to HSLFL Treasurer, 33 Senlac Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7JG.

For more details call Mr Homewood on 01424 783200.