Warrenpoint firm sends £50,000 aid parcel after Philippines Appeal

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Friday, December 13th, 2013
Business, Community
Warrenpoint business, JY Hygiene Supplies, a small local company which supplies nursing home equipment and medical supplies across Northern Ireland, has turned a request for a donation into a major aid shipment for those affected by the recent natural disaster in the Philippines.

Lord Mayor, Michael Ruane is joined by Michael Shields, Tony Magill and Gavin Garvey from JY Hygiene and Ruari Heatley from Heyn Handling Solutions

Thanks to the generosity of JY Hygiene Supplies and its staff and many additional donations from Bunzl Healthcare, Camsing Foods, Hendersons, HPC Healthline, Kilmorey Care, G. Cunningham Haulage and BM Polyco as well as a food collection organised by local primary schools – Carrick Primary School and St Patrick’s Primary School – a container of medical aid and non-perishable food is now on its way to the Philippines. Gavin Garvey, Manager of JY Hygiene Supplies, said, “About 10 days ago we were approached by a customer, who is married to a girl from one of the affected areas in the Philippines, who asked if we could donate something as they were collecting old clothes and food supplies to send to the Philippines. “We offered to make a collection on their behalf and within a short time we realised that we were going to have more than a pallet or two, so we decided to aim towards sending a container,” he revealed. “This added considerable cost to the project but when we spoke to our shipping agent, Heyn Handling Solutions, they very generously offered to absorb the entire cost of the shipment. The generosity of people and businesses alike has been overwhelming and we have been able to collect around £50,000 worth of supplies to send,” Gavin added. The container was loaded on Wednesday morning and departed Belfast docks on Sunday 15th December to be received in the New Year by Red Cross Philippines and distributed where it is needed.
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