One Suffolk resident has managed to send assistance to family left homeless by Hurricane Irma, without having to go far.
Alice Bolton, who lives in the village of Elmswell, launched an appeal for tools and materials to help relatives on the Caribbean island of Barbuda. Local firm, Portable Space, which is headquartered in nearby Bacton, heard of her plea and came to the rescue with a 20ft shipping container.
The container has been fitted with a tracking device, courtesy of US company Globetracker, which will communicate its progress every hour on the two-week trip.
Mark Black, Managing Director of Portable Space, said: “When we heard about Alice’s excellent initiative, we immediately wanted to help by providing a container to house all the materials and equipment.
“It appears that what the islanders desperately need right now are the means to create shelter before the rebuilding of homes can begin.
“We hope that our container – which we will be tracking as it goes on its journey – will play some part in helping the residents to get back on their feet.”