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Vital supplies for quake victims are on their way

PUBLISHED: 11:26 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

EMERGENCY response team members who regularly deal with 999 calls from residents have been responding to the plight of thousands of

EMERGENCY response team members who regularly deal with 999 calls from residents have been responding to the plight of thousands of earthquake victims.

Nine officers from one of Greenwich Borough Police's response teams gave up their day off to help load vital medical supplies, food and clothing bound for the stricken island of Haiti last Friday.

They loaded three huge, 40ft containers crammed to the roof with donations that had been dropped off by Bromley residents at the charity's headquarters at Coney Hill Baptist Church, West Wickham.

The group was organised by Sergeant Ieuan Hill, from Eltham, a trustee of the Haiti Hospital Appeal operating near the island's capital Cap-Haitien.

Sergeant Hill said: "To see these containers jam-packed with equipment and aid was just awesome.

"To think how generous people have been and know what a difference this is going to make to save the lives of people in Haiti - you can't put a price on that."

The charity has a hospital in Haiti that was due for completion later this year but was brought on-stream urgently to cope with the massive influx of wounded people fleeing the quake devastation to the south.

They also have a day care treatment centre and facility for disabled children which is being used to treat orphans created by January's massive quake measuring seven on the Richter scale.

Every inch of space was filled with supplies from very basic items like blankets and bed sheets, to hospital beds, heart monitors and specialist surgical equipment donated from hospitals all over the capital.

Sergeant Hill added: "All the aid has come from so many places it's been impossible to keep track of who has sent it.

"We've been able to ship out things that to us might seem basic, that we take for granted, but are advanced by Haiti standards due to the extreme poverty they live in."

He said there is still a huge aid crisis in place with people needing clothes, food and basic medicines.

Their Haiti hospital will be taking 40 patients that have initially been treated by the United States hospital ship, USNS Comfort.

A team of British doctors and nurses flew out last week to rendezvous at the charity's hospital.

* To support the appeal log on to: www.haitihospitalappeal.org

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