Cromer shopkeeper clears stockroom to send donations to Philippines in wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Cromer shopkeeper Graham Bennett with some of the clothes he is sending to the Philippines. Pic: LC

Cromer shopkeeper Graham Bennett with some of the clothes he is sending to the Philippines. Pic: LC - Credit: Archant

A Cromer shopkeeper is clearing out his stockroom to help people in the Philippines after the country was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Graham Bennett, who owns clothes shop Identity, decided to box up his unsold spring and summer stock to help the millions of people struggling in the wake of the huge storm.

Mr Bennett, who runs his store from within Cromer's indoor shopping centre, said he was moved to help after seeing the images of devastation on TV, and reading about the typhoon appeal in the EDP.

Through our paper he was put in touch with a group of charitable Filipinos in King's Lynn who are rallying round to collect emergency supplies, that will then be shipped to the disaster-struck country.

Mr Bennett said he had boxed up around £750 worth of clothes after clearing his stockroom and warehouse.

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'There's always end of lines at the end of a season, which are all stored away. We thought we could send that off and put that to good use for those in desperate need,' he added.

'It's mostly spring and summer stuff, there's some sweat shirts as well. I'm just grabbing anything that could help.'

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Mr Bennett's donations are set to be shipped out to the Philippines on Saturday.

? The Red Cross is running a 'shop drop' appeal to support its work in the Philippines. Clothing, accessories, household items and furniture can be donated to its charity shops, with the proceeds going to help those affected by the crisis.

To support shop drop, ask that your donated items go towards the charity's Typhoon Haiyan appeal when handing them in. For more details visit

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