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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

This week’s post is a little bit different but I thought it was very important to share.

Most of you will know about Hurricane Irma and the devastation it has caused in the past week. It came to my attention that we have students within the University that have been affected by this natural disaster and some even have families who are living in terrible conditions due to the hit.

I thought I would take the opportunity to use this platform to see if anyone would be able to donate to help the people suffering in the aftermath of the hurricane.

I contacted many charities to see what would be the best way we could help and I asked if there would be any way we could send over clothes, baby products etc. The British Red Cross replied with this email:

Dear Miss Bird,

Thank you for your email and kind offer of assisting those affected by Hurricane Irma.

We regret to inform you that we are unable to accept donations in-kind. This is because the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, of which the British Red Cross is a part, adheres to standards specifications which state that nearly new or second hand goods cannot be accepted for use overseas.

From experience, we have seen that it is far more cost-effective for us to accept monetary donations, which can subsequently be used to purchase specialised relief products in bulk. These can then be transported, stored and distributed from a central warehouse quickly and effectively.

As you may be aware, the British Red Cross have launched a Hurricane Irma appeal which will be used to assist all those affected by this disaster. This appeal will support our relief efforts across the Caribbean on a needs basis, and our thorough review of the situation will help us to ensure that aid reaches those who need it the most.

You can read more about our appeal here: 

And should you choose to donate, you can do so here:

I hope this information is useful and thank you once again for your kind support.

Kind regards

Joseph Perrott
Supporter Care Officer


Any kind of donation will help those affected. It is important we come together to help each other at times like this.

Thank you for reading.


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