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Philippines Disaster: Cornish Flight Crews Arrive Home

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3:51pm 9th January 2014
(Updated 3:51pm 9th January 2014)

Arriving home: the Cornish flight crews among the first on the scene of the Philippines disaster.

The team from Culdrose was supposed to be home for Christmas, but ended up being diverted to the typhoon zone.

Now, after five months away, they have been reunited with their families in Helston.

Michelle Cheesman's husband Kieron is among those back at base.

Air crews arrive back from PhilippinesHear her story:


The team from 829 Squadron distributed a tonne of aid. Lieutenant Commander Edwin Cooper said it has been a career highlight for all of them: "It was incredible. Wherever we landed we were very quickly engulfed by the locals in their hundreds and then beyond that they would write messages on the beach in the sand using coloured rocks or rags saying 'Thank you Britain'.

"The team have relished the opportunity to assist and we hope that the people of The Philippines are some way back to being on their feet and getting on with their lives."

Redruth charity Shelter for Humanity has launched its 'Raise the Roof' campaign to help victims of the disaster. Pirate FM will be travelling out to The Philippines with aid teams to see exactly how money is helping families re-build their lives.

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3:51pm 9th January 2014

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