Relatives in push for quake victims

CHARITY DRIVE -- Glenice (second from right) with fellow family members, (from left) Christine Kirk, Maureen Reeves and Alisha Reeves, at the fundraising event
CHARITY DRIVE -- Glenice (second from right) with fellow family members, (from left) Christine Kirk, Maureen Reeves and Alisha Reeves, at the fundraising event

A PENSIONER from Hucknall was inspired to raise money for earthquake victims 12,000 miles away in New Zealand — after being contacted by a relative who lives there.

Bert Longland, of Edgewood Drive, has a nephew-in-law, Andrew Reeves, who lives just outside Christchurch.

The city was devastated by a massive tremor last month that killed more than 150 people.

Andrew, his wife, Angela, and their two sons, are safe. But their local church hall has become home to more than 200 residents whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake. They have no belongings and are sleeping in temporary beds.

Bert (71), along with his sister-in-law, Glenice Reeves, of Mansfield, who is Andrew’s mum, decided to launch a fundraising campaign.

On Saturday March 26, they staged a coffee morning and Easter fair at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street in Hucknall where Bert is a member and captain of the 18th Nottingham Boys Brigade.

Attractions included refreshments, a cake stall, Mother’s Day gifts, Easter eggs and Easter cards for sale, bric-a-brac, a toy stall and a tombola with several prizes donated by Boots.

A total of £300 was raised and a further £100 has come via donations since.

Bert said: “I was absolutely amazed by the response to the event. At a normal coffee-morning, we would just collect about £70.

“Although it is a relatively small amount compared to how much is needed in Christchurch, every penny counts. Even if it just buys blankets and basic supplies, it is definitely needed.”

The earthquake hit Christchurch on Tuesday February 22.

A former Hucknall woman, Theresa McLean, died, and the home of a former Hucknall couple, Mick and Helen Braithwaite, was severely damaged.