Rasen volunteers help Ebola victims with vital provisions

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A local charity is sending emergency shipments of humanitarian aid to West Africa in response to the current Ebola crisis.

His Church, based at Binbrook Technical Park, is sending multiple containers to Liberia to help those in need.

Volunteer Sam Teague from Market Rasen Foyer with Senior Co-ordinator from His Church Richard Humphrey and some of the shipment bound for West Africa EMN-140809-154907001

Volunteer Sam Teague from Market Rasen Foyer with Senior Co-ordinator from His Church Richard Humphrey and some of the shipment bound for West Africa EMN-140809-154907001

“The Ebola disease is a threat to the world, but in countries already suffering through poverty the effect has been catastrophic and significantly increase hardship,” said senior co-ordinator Richard Humphrey.

The charitable group is providing three areas of help - education, containment and care.

“Lots of people don’t believe Ebola is happening, so we are working with the (Liberian) government to help people understand it is very real,” said Richard.

But education is no good without the supplies, so His Church is sending things for containment such as hand sanitiser and bleach - all everyday items here in the UK - together with wellies, medical suits and disposable gloves.

“We are so grateful to have the bedding and good quality food to send out too to make the last days of those affected as comfortable as possible,” added Richard.

“But if the disease is caught early it can be treated, it is not always fatal.”

Helping His Church prepare the consignments have been volunteers from The Foyer in Market Rasen.

The work of volunteers from The Foyer, a short-term housing scheme for people aged 16-25 who find themselves homeless, has been praised by His Church senior co-ordinator Richard Humphrey.

“We are so grateful to have these volunteers to help us,” said Richard. “They have done an amazing job.”

“We are really proud and see them as members of our team.

“Their lives are in crisis but they are helping a nation in crisis.”

And one of those volunteers is 20-year-old Sam Teague, who has lived at the Foyer for the past 18 months and has been helping at His Church since January.

“I enjoy it; it gets me out doing something,” he said.

“I first heard about them (His Church) when they donated food to The Foyer.

“I do a lot of sorting when things come in. I enjoy the work and the people - everyone here helps each other.”

And Sam’s hard work has been rewarded with a gift from His Church for showing “great dedication and working brilliantly during the run up to and on the loading dates.”

Sam was presented with a Sony VAIO PC to help him with his forthcoming studies, generously donated to His Church by Intertek.