£1000 worth of construction materials, donated by Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds, is now en route to Barbuda.
The firm was approached for supplies by Alice Bolton and her mother Ruth Bolton, who have family and friends living in the Carribbean island of Barbuda, which has been devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Quick to offer practical support, the west Suffolk branch committed to donate tarpaulins, nails, screws, hammers, saws, hand tools and tape measures – all items which are likely to be shipped to the region next week.
Alice said: “Barbuda is currently uninhabitable and local people desperately need key resources to build watertight homes until they can rebuild properly.
“The community is close-knit so everyone will help each other access the materials and tools. Construction materials should arrive as the clean-up operations ends, which has been hindered by the storm conditions of Hurricane Maria, when people are ready to start building.”
She added: “We are enormously grateful to Ridgeons for their generous contribution. Providing materials and tools for free will help make the difficult process of reconstruction that little bit easier for Barbudans.”
Hugh Guntrip, a director at Ridgeons, said: “When Alice and Ruth asked for our help we were only too pleased to help.
“As a major timber and builders’ merchant and a company that is happy to support community projects, we are ideally positioned to contribute, and give Barbuda the vital supplies needed so people can start to rebuild the community and their lives.”
The appeal is also raising funds for Barbuda – around £20,000 has been raised so far. The public can donate at: www.gofundme.com/barbuda-hurricane-fund.