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Cornish Aid for Ebola Zone

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3:43pm 8th December 2014
(Updated 3:43pm 8th December 2014)

Cornish aid leaves Falmouth for the Ebola zone.

Fifty thousand pounds worth of food and supplies are packed on board the Gypsum Centennial.

It is setting sail for Sierra Leone.

Joe Cannon from Shelterbox has helped the crew load it: "They'll fill all their stores areas and holds and if they fill those and there's still further capacity needed they've got cabins that are empty and they're going to fill those with gear as well.

"The orphanages are overloaded and they've just run out of money. They just can't buy the food so this will go a long way to feeding all those hungry mouths. We understand there are three orphanages working at full capacity."

Penny Phillips from A&P Falmouth helped organise it.

She said: "They do need help, at the All As One Orphanage we are very fortunate to know that everyone is safe in the orphanage and there is no Ebola in the orphanage, but they are very isolated, and obviously the price of food has escalated out there, so it is a great concern that there may be that shortage.

"A lot of people have said if they couldn't give money, they still wanted to give something, and even if it is used children's toys, bedding, extra nappies, a few tins from the back of the cupboard, and I am just amazed at all the different towns in Cornwall that it has come from."

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3:43pm 8th December 2014

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