Jeremy Birch

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Greeting schoolchildren in 2007

Greeting schoolchildren in 2007


Jeremy as Quizmaster

Jeremy as Quizmaster

All friends of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link will have been deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jeremy Birch.
Jeremy played a key role in the Link’s development. He was the first, as Leader of the Council, to propose that the strong bond being forged between the two Hastings should be recognised in an official twinning. The idea gained all-party support, and Jeremy was present at the twinning ceremony in Hastings SL in 2007 to see his idea become reality.
For a time he generously combined chairmanship of the Link with his many other duties and interests. In the difficult financial climate of recent years he steadfastly argued in favour of Hastings Borough Council’s continued support for the Link’s work. Above all, he championed a clear vision of the Link as a two-way relationship, with both Hastings learning from each other in friendship and mutual respect.
Of course, we will always remember Jeremy as the witty and energetic chairman of our annual Quiz Nights. He will be very, very much missed.
Robin Gray

Minutes of Link meeting – 18th March

Monday, March 23rd, 2015


Present: Christine Boulton-Lane, Eve Martin, Sue Furness, Liz MacKay, Ray Keene, Richard Homewood (chair), Derek Tomblin, Janet Jarvis, Diane Reed, Sue Furness, Nola McSweeney, Lynn White, Roger Mitchell, Bill Evans, Robin Gray (minutes)

  1. Apologies for absence: Richard Lane, John Geater, Paul Cabban, Melanie Bray, Mandy Hinxman, Jaqui Lockwood, Eileen Evans, Edwin Rew
  1. Minutes of meeting of 28th Jan & matters arising: The minutes were accepted. §10: The £50 promised from the ‘Clean Water, Safe Children’ gig had not yet come through at the time of the meeting, but Mandy Curtis has since confirmed that £75 is on its way to the Link.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: The balance has improved by £4712 since the 26/01 figure, though that does not include the profits from the very recent quiz night. (Together with the orange quiz sheets, the latter raised £2846 this year, as against £2300 in 2014 and £1800 in 2013.) Ray noted that the Big Jump actually raised an amazing £2424.69 in total. Charity Checkout now deals with Gift Aid for us. It has just sent a cheque for £1432 for the past year, though in future we will receive smaller, monthly cheques. The staff at the Rare Breeds Centre raised £300 for our Ebola Appeal. Ray will be taking advice on the extent to which it is worthwhile claiming Gift Aid on small ‘bucket’ collections under the Gift Aid Small Donations scheme.
  1. Recent fundraising events:

(a) The Rotary Quiz. A very successful evening. Chairman George Mighal has written to thank us for our help.

(b) Link Quiz Night. All the feedback has been very positive. It was agreed that the William Parker hall is the perfect venue. Clearing up was very smooth this year, with so many people lending a hand.

(c) Valentine’s Day Party. Richard reported that it had been a very enjoyable party, though the SL party-goers proved to be mean movers on the dance floor compared with the Link members. He hopes we can turn out in greater numbers next year.

  1. Future fundraising events.

(a) The LOAF Walk. Details are on the LOAF website and in Grapevine. Roger will see if a general invitation to take part can be launched via the Observer.

(b) Other ideas:

(1) Dinner-dance. Lynn has set up a little working group. A provisional booking has been made at Bannatyne’s for October 31st. The Kites have offered their services free, and we hope to have Liane Carroll for an hour. Tickets are likely to be around the £35 mark, to include a glass of bubbly on arrival, a 3 course meal, coffee etc. We need to sell a minimum of 80 tickets, with a maximum of 250. It was decided that the dress code would be smart, rather than black tie, as too much formality can deter some people. Christine suggested encouraging local firms to take a table, use the event as an end of year ‘do’. Agreed that once we have written confirmation from Liane Carol, Lynn should confirm the booking with Bannatynes.

(2) Jumble sale. It was agreed to make the next one, perhaps, a ‘spring clean’ jumble sale, so as not to overload ourselves this autumn.

(3) Musical Quiz. Lesley-Ann Matthews is still happy to organise a music-themed quiz in the autumn. Lynn has since confirmed that Lesley-Ann has agreed to run the quiz on Friday 18th September. Lynn will check availability of St Paul’s School

(4) Half Marathon. We have not heard that anyone is running in the Hastings Half Marathon on the Link’s behalf.

  1. Schools Report. The teachers have not met recently. They will meet after Easter. There is doubt whether the SL schools will open before the autumn: parents are reluctant to send their children for fear of infection. 10 of the 12 schools have acknowledged receipt of the financial support our schools sent to teachers. Still waiting to hear from Jui Primary and Glory Primary. Lynn confirmed that the invitation for our teachers and Link supporters to come to a BBQ on 20th June still stands. Bring a dish and a donation. Roger will discuss with the teachers. The BBQ and the 7-a-side competition (Fri 22nd May) will help keep the momentum going.

Sue reported that the IPC has unsuccessfully asked the Mayor to have Hastings SL added to the twin towns sign on the Rye Road. The children are now considering raising the money themselves. The IPC is marking World Poetry Day on March 21st by getting our children to write and illustrate poems about SL. It may lead to a booklet that can be sold.


  1. Health

(a) Update.  Sallu is working with Concern Worldwide. Christine has a contact with Concern and is trying to establish what Concern is doing for the Hastings Health Centre. It seems to be the construction of an incinerator and a toilet. Sallu is busy running training sessions in the 16 health centres in WARD.

Christine is keen that we press on with pricing and sourcing the equipment that we know Sallu needs. Richard White will have a lot of surplus school furniture soon. Perhaps we can share a container? Richard H wondered if the new ebola treatment centres will distribute their equipment – whatever can be sterilised – amongst local health centres once the ebola crisis is over. Liz confirmed that Sallu’s request for basic technical lab equipment is reasonable – items for blood group matching, urine tests etc. Roger will let schools know that they can start to gather together books and materials, but everything must be correctly labelled and in standardised boxes as defined by Roger & Christine. Eve advised filling drawers with pens, pencils and paper to save space. The meeting agreed in principle to fund a container.

(b) Solar panels. Derek explained why, in this instance, we are going for a single negotiable tender rather than competitive tendering. The contract will be between Alex Robbin and St Leonards Rotary Club, with the Link advising. We meet Alex Robbin on March 23rd. He is going to SL in April, so Rotary will try to get the installation included in the work he is doing this summer. Wet weather is not a concern. We know that Rotary can afford to install 2 panels, upgradable; but Derek advised that it would make sense to go for a 4 panel array from the start. It was agreed that we could advance the balance, and discuss with Rotary whether they could continue to fundraise and pay us back eventually. On Monday we will discuss with Alex Robbin the question of LED lighting. At the moment, his quote for that is surprisingly high. It was agreed that the Link can fund LED lighting if the price is right.

  1. Report from SLUKDERT conference on ‘Education beyond ebola’. Richard summarised the problem. (See Appendix A.) Schools may have been broken into, resources stolen. Some girls may not be able to resume their education. The situation is full of uncertainty. All the equipment and resources we can send out will make a big difference. Richard was inspired by the people he met at the SLUKDERT conference, in particular Education West Africa (See, Build Africa ( and Educaid Africa ( Education – of parents as well as of children – will be the key to post-ebola recovery. Richard suggested we might be able to put in a combined bid with the Waterloo Partnership, and other charities working in the Western Area to, say, Comic Relief. He urged that we consider our longer term strategy. What do we want to achieve in the related fields of education and employment over the next 5 years? Can we work with parents? Train teachers in the TTC? No funding bid can be formulated until we have been able to do a proper assessment of the situation, including a detailed inventory of the fabric of the buildings. Roger advised that the cultural differences can be an obstacle. It might be that one would concentrate on the practical possibilities of simple teaching aids like, for example, hand-held white boards, or flashcards, or relevant reading materials.

As far as our teacher exchange goes, even February 2016 is by no means sure. Perhaps, though, we can bring SL teachers here in Autumn 2015?

Richard will produce a draft strategy for consultation.

As far as food aid is concerned, Yvonne is waiting for a list of beneficiaries, details of orphans etc, from our village contacts. Act On It has generously donated £300. We have asked Sidney Lefebvre to organise another £3000 worth of foodstuffs, but things are slow. Matthew Kamara (a Scouting contact in the Hastings area) has told Roger that quarantined families are in urgent need of support. We will ask Yvette and Yvonne if they can look into this.


  1. Date & Venue for AGM. It was hoped that we could meet at St Paul’s School on Saturday 20th June. Lynn has since confirmed that Richard White is happy to host the AGM at St Paul’s School on that date, from 12.30.

10.AOB. No items were called for as the meeting was running over.

  1. Date of next meeting: May 20th at 6.05 in Hastings Town Hall – this date has been confirmed.

Appendix A: Feedback from SLUKDERT conference on ‘Education beyond Ebola’


The background to the Conference and the notes from the various sessions are set out below. Several key themes came out of the discussions.

 School recovery


The Education system in SL used to be good but successive governments allowed it to decline. The SL Govt. needs to take control of a dysfunctional education system. Introduce good governance regime, raise standards of teacher training, improve and maintain the condition of schools and equipment, start to pay teachers a decent wage, make them accountable, introduce a code of conduct and make it a profession that people want to go into and that is respected in the community alongside other professionals.

SLUKDERT needs to lobby the SL Government and submit a proposal for an Education Pillar to encourage serious Govt. investment in education. SLUKDERT should seek the support and alliance of the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU).



Recovery after Ebola will be difficult and the March opening of schools is now in doubt.

Schools will need infrastructure investment to repair and improve them as they will have inevitably been vandalised and robbed during the closure.

After almost a whole academic year lost it will be extremely difficult to get children back to school, especially girls. There will be issues around teenage pregnancy, abuse, care of siblings, orphans etc.

With a failed economy affordability of uniforms and fees will also be a major inhibitor.

NGO activity

Numerous voluntary organisations like the HSLFL are active in SL but are all working in isolation. There is a desperate need to make links with each other and for a body to draw us together to work more collaboratively if we are to have a greater impact.

Could SLUKDERT act as the catalyst for this collaboration and bring us together?

Could we submit a joint bid to Comic Relief or other funders which would have a greater impact?

We need to review our approach to supporting education and improving lives in the communities we support and perhaps think more long term to create sustainability.


Richard Homewood

8 March 2015


Great Quiz Night raises £1785 for Ebola relief

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Richard writes:

Link Annual Quiz Night a roaring success! Hot on the heels of the Rotary Club quiz night, the Link’s Annual Quiz Night held at William Parker School was a roaring success raising £1785 on top of over £1,000 raised by Nola’s quiz sheet sales. 33 Teams struggled valiantly with Robin’s questions and the Blackbirds were victorious scoring 102 but only 3 ahead of their nearest rival. Our thanks go to Nola and all of those in the Quiz Team and to William Parker for hosting the event. Generous auction items kindly donated – including £250 of carpeting by our patron Dain Jensen, a bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by David Cameron and donated by Amber Rudd MP,  and a voucher for ‘Posture assessment’ – raised over £350. Our thanks also go to all those who attended and contributed to this successful fundraising event.

The Quiz in full swing

The Quiz in full swing

The Winning Blackbirds with genial Questionmaster Jeremy Birch

The Winning Blackbirds with genial Questionmaster Jeremy Birch

The money raised will help us provide more short term help to the community in Hastings SL as they struggle to maintain their daily lives alongside Ebola. We are also beginning to look beyond Ebola and plan what we need to do to help them rebuild their lives and recover from this dreadful disease. Please keep the donations coming, every penny will reach the community in Sierra Leone and just a few pounds can make such a huge difference.

Rotarians raise over £1000 for solar panels for the health centre

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Last night St Leonards Rotary Club ran a terrific quiz night at the Elphinstone Sports and Social Club. Twenty-odd teams battled it out, answering John Easter’s clever questions as posed by Michael Foster, the genial quizmaster. Michael valiantly nursed the PA system until it finally gave up the ghost. In the end, old hands The Searchers pipped their nearest rivals by just 2 points. The raffle raised over £350 and a little auction £60, taking the evening’s total to over £1000, which goes a long way towards Rotary’s aim of raising £3,500 in the year with which to pay for solar panels for the community health centre. The Link would like to thank Eric, John and the team of markers and number crunchers from St Leonards Rotary Club, and Dave Pepper and the Elphinstone Sports & Social Club team for their hospitality and hard work.  STOP PRESS. We still have a couple of tables available for our own quiz night on March 13th. It’ll be at Ark William Parker Academy – amazing AV equipment. If you’re interested, act quickly – contact Nola on 01424 751295 or



The command centre at work

The command centre at work

Some of the winning team

Some of the winning team

Orange Quiz Sheet – the winners and the answers!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Phew, it’s all over! The Quizmaster’s woolly hat has turned up 3 winners from the 18 fully correct entries we received. They are:

1st prize: Hilary Coulson of Pinner, Middlesex

2nd prize: Pam & John Robbins of Battle, East Sussex

3rd prize: Bill Ross of Aberdeen

This year we had 79 entries in all,  from all over the UK, from Somerset to Skegness, and from Cwmbran to Selkirk.

Here are the answers (and some explanations) for this year’s Orange Quiz Sheet. (Entries had to be in to us by yesterday.)

It’s hard to say exactly how many sheets we sold, but we raised over £1000 – partly because quite a few kind people paid more than the £1 we asked for. All that money will be turned into food parcels to help families affected by ebola in Hastings Sierra Leone to survive. A big thank you to Nola and her team who sold the sheets for us.

We hope you all enjoyed solving the clues as much as the setter did dreaming them up.

Quiz sheet 2014/15 – answers, with a few explanations of the trickier ones. (Apologies for a mistake in earlier copies of the sheet: nº 69 (Schweitzer) needed 10 letters, not 9. Hope that didn’t spoil things for you.)


  1. NHS ( – the even letters of ‘inches’)
  2. Red Cross
  3. Guy’s
  4. WHO
  5. Médecins sans Frontières
  6. stretcher
  7. corridor (corrida minus –a + or)
  8. ENT (end of the word ‘patient’)
  9. surgery (hidden in patientS URGE Rye)
  10. bedpans (B.Ed + pans = criticises)
  11. x-rays (x = 10, rays = flat fish)
  12. plaster cast
  13. enema (your: = your colon)
  14. syringe (hidden answer)
  15. nil by mouth (fast = take no food; nil = Nile minus –e. )
  16. rounds
  17. the bleeding time (in ‘Doctor in the House’)
  18. placebo (plaice minus –i- [iodine] plus b[ody] o[dour])
  19. keyhole
  20. toxin (sounds like tocsin)
  21. splint (splinter minus –er)
  22. bandage (band + age! the Stones were formed in 1962)
  23. temperature
  24. autoclave (Auto + cave with –L- in it. Whole thing is a steriliser)
  25. skin grafts (s= southern, plus kin, + grafts = works hard)
  26. blanket bath
  27. rectal thermometers (anagram)
  28. waiting room
  29. appointment (app[lication] ointment)
  30. receptionist (reception is also the first class in an infants school)
  31. stethoscope (2 anagrams)
  32. sphygmomanometer (anagram – it measures blood pressure)
  33. ninety-nine (- this is clue nº 33)
  34. depressor
  35. general practice (various grades of general are just above brigadier)
  36. house calls
  37. appendix (anagram)
  38. patella (kneecap: Pat [Boone] + Ella [Fitzgerald])
  39. pancreas ([Saint] Pancras plus –e- )
  40. knuckle-bones (children’s game)
  41. elbow
  42. collar bone (nick = collar [arrest] + bon + E)
  43. mastoid (anagram)
  44. glottis (OTT inside [not outside] glis: glis glis is scientific name for dormouse)
  45. prostate
  46. trachea (answer hidden in extra cheap)
  47. coccyx (cox + six. coccyx means cuckoo in Greek – bone like bird’s beak. Cubs are divided into sixes.)
  48. angina pectoris (anagram)
  49. enuresis (anagram of i.e. nurses)
  50. diarrhoea (anagram of Air Rhodesia minus –is-)
  51. scurvy
  52. whitlow (WHITe + yelLOW)
  53. psittacosis (viral disease of birds)
  54. haemorrhoids (anagram)
  55. asthma (anagram)
  56. bed sore (anagram)
  57. MRSA (anagram)
  58. nurse (hidden, backwards, in shoES RUNning)
  59. chaplain (chap + lain)
  60. almoner (almond minus –d , plus er…)
  61. surgeon (sturgeon minus T for time)
  62. physio (sounds like fizzy eau. shortly = short for [physiotherapist])
  63. consultants (consult + ants)
  64. Hippocrates (hippo + crates)
  65. Pasteur (pasture has the –e- at the end)
  66. Lister (developed antisepsis. to list = to keel over, of a ship)
  67. Crick & Watson (discovered the DNA double helix)
  68. Nightingale (Florence N)
  69. Schweitzer (sounds like the German for Swiss, even though he wasn’t)
  70. Nye Bevan (anagram of Benny + Eva. ‘top of chart:’ see clue nº 1 – This Welsh politician devised the NHS)


Ebola Campaign: our Chairman (and others) for the high jump

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


Here is Richard’s account of their amazing jump to raise funds to fight Ebola in Hastings SL. (If you didn’t get around to sponsoring them, there’s still time!)

Matt, Richard W, Richard H, Hollie & Ellen

Matt, Richard W, Richard H, Hollie & Ellen

Oh no!

Oh no!

Here we go!

Here we go!




Well we finally did it! Fifth time lucky for the five of us (Richard Homewood, Matt and Hollie Lockwood and Richard and Ellen White), but only after a bit of last minute forecast watching and date swapping. Saturday was forecast as a washout so we managed to get a Sunday slot and set off in the wind and rain at 5am not sure if we would jump. As the journey went on the rain stopped and as daylight approached we started to drive into fog! Not looking good especially when just before we arrived we got a text to say don’t come till 11am because it is too foggy! Undaunted we arrived just before 8.00am to see the airfield shrouded in mist and fog. It did seem to be clearing though and confidence was growing. In anticipation of a long wait we ordered breakfast and then just as it arrived at the table we were called to get kitted up! Typical! Breakfast had to go as we were not going to miss the opportunity. We kitted up and after a refresh of what to do we headed for the plane in nervous anticipation. Everyone was laughing and joking and full of confidence as we climbed higher and higher, until the door opened that was! Watching the first two being shuffled to the door and hung out as the camera man swung from the wing the laughter turned to a grimace as it was my turn to be pushed forward. Then that was it we were out but once we stopped rolling the sensation of hurtling to the earth at over 130mph was incredible, the view was unbelievable and shaking hands with the cameraman in free fall was bizarre.

Then after 5,000ft we jerked upward (or actually slowed down rapidly) as the parachute opened and things calmed dramatically and we gently dropped to earth soaking up the view and chatting. Then it was time to prepare for the landing and discussion about leaving legs in holes if we didn’t get it right! A quick rehearsal and then all too suddenly we hit the ground, sliding in gently thankfully onto some pretty soft grass, adrenalin pumping and cheers and shouts as we congratulated each other. An amazing experience and one I would repeat, but more importantly we had overcome our fears for the sake of the charity and the people we want to help in Sierra Leone where they are now suffering the ravages of Ebola directly in addition to their daily struggle. And that is where you come in and we are all extremely grateful for your generosity and support for the cause. We expect that we will have raised over £2,000 in total once it is all collected, but there is still time to donate if you or your friends want to. In case there is any doubt we have all paid for our own jump and all of our other expenses out of our own pockets, so every penny of the money generously donated will go directly to the charity and to the community in Hastings, Sierra Leone, and make a difference.

Thank you once again for your generosity.  Please check on the website at <>  for updates on our work with our friends in our twin town Hastings, Sierra Leone.

Richard Homewood, Richard White, Ellen White, Hollie Lockwood, Matt Lockwood

Fundraising Cheese Fest – whatever next?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Jo Avery (a work colleague of Roger Reed who is married to Diane, one of our teachers) ran a Cheese Fest last week at the Department for Transport, where they work. Jo writes: “People made cheese scones, straws, brought in all different sorts of cheeses and someone even made homemade cheese! My friend came up with the idea of a “Say Cheese” baby toddler competition, where we brought in photos of ourselves and had to guess each other. We even had colleagues from our London office switch their day to Hastings to be involved.” Apparently they went for a cheese based event as a change from a coffee & cake morning. They raised £167 for our Ebola appeal (and wisely gift-aided it!), which is a great boost. It should pay for 3 sets of protective gear for the Health Centre staff.Scruptious cheesy spread at the DoT

If anyone out there has a good idea like this one and would like to raise some much needed funds for the Link’s work in Hastings Sierra Leone, please don’t hesitate!  It’s clear from all the reports that are coming from journalists and medics in Sierra Leone, that there’s already a huge need not only for medical supplies but also for humanitarian aid to support hungry families and, saddest of all, orphaned children.  We don’t know the exact picture for Hastings, but we need to be ready to give the help that’s needed.

Gala concert raises the roof – and over £2500 for the fight against ebola

Friday, October 31st, 2014

After the amazing concert on 17th October, Richard sent the following notice to the Hastings & St Leonards Observer:

The RoCoCo singers sang African songs

The RoCoCo singers sang African songs

Richard talks to the audience while Sussex Brass have a breather

Richard talks to the audience while Sussex Brass have a breather

Many of our Sierra Leonean friends came down to enjoy the concert

Many of our Sierra Leonean friends came down to enjoy the concert

Sussex Brass, African Drummers and the RoCoCo choir joined forces on Friday evening to lift the roof off of St Mary in the Castle and raise much needed funds to support the Community Health Centre in Hastings Sierra Leone. Nearly two hundred people attended and were treated to a wide variety of music with an African theme, and a fine African-style supper.
Richard Homewood, Chair of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link said “This is an amazing result and we have to thank those who attended for their generosity in supporting this event to raise funds for the community in our Twin Town. There was singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles and I think everybody had a wonderful time. The money will help us provide much needed equipment and resources to keep the Community Health Centre going when the focus of the government and other agencies is clearly on trying to tackle the Ebola crisis on a larger scale.
Our thanks must go to Buckswood School who provided the venue free of charge, to our former Chair, Roger Mitchell who organised the event (as well as playing in Sussex Brass), and of course the musicians who all gave amazing performances.”
The Link has a continuing programme of fund raising events, a quiz night and a recent Jumble Sale raised over £1,000 each and a group of Link supporters are due to make a parachute jump (as soon as the weather permits!). Richard said,
“We are continuously looking for new ways to raise funds to help our friends in Sierra Leone at a time when they desperately need it. I am sure nobody can fail to be moved by the tragic events unfolding in West Africa. Having visited Sierra Leone several times in recent years, I know what a difference every penny we raise can make to their lives in difficult times”
You can donate on line at or by post, cheques made out to HSLFL and sent to HSLFL Treasurer, 33 Senlac Way, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7JG

Telling Hastings UK about the ebola situation

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Our member Nola asked our local hospital if we could have a stand in the hospital foyer for a day, to tell patients, visitors and staff about how ebola is affecting Hastings SL. We had lots of useful conversations, received over £80 in donations, and sold quite a few of this year’s ORANGE QUIZ SHEET.  If you like cryptic crosswords, just send your email address and £1 (a coin, or a cheque made out to HSLFL) to Robin Gray, Oaklands, Rock Lane, Hastings, East Sussex TN35 4NY, and Robin will email you back a copy. You have until mid-January to puzzle it all out. There are money prizes! – But we hope you’ll enjoy the clues, anyway. They’re all about the NHS, medicine and health, very appropriately. Any good at anagrams? How about ‘O horrid shame of these’ (12 letters).

Nola and Tom at the Conquest Hospital

Nola and Tom at the Conquest Hospital

Ebola campaign

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Inside the new ebola treatment centre

Inside the new ebola treatment centre

Security is tight at the new ebola treatment centre

Security is tight at the new ebola treatment centre

The rebuilt water-tower

The rebuilt water-tower


The ebola treatment centre has now been set up in the Police Training Academy on the outskirts of the village, and the UK Government is setting up another one on the Hastings airfield. But ebola has reached the Hastings community itself. Experience elsewhere has shown that health workers are at grave risk, and so are their families.  We need to do EVERYTHING we can to provide Sallu, the Hastings health centre manager, and his amazing team with the best possible chance of coping with the threat. With funding from the Link, the men of the village have rebuilt the water-tower and topped it with a new tank, so that basic hygiene precautions can be kept up.  In addition, we have sent out 55 boxes of disinfectant, soap, rubber gloves, face masks and other preventative measures. But we must keep these first supplies topped up, and the health centre staff really need much better protective gear. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to respond to this urgent appeal. You and they can donate by hitting the Donate button above.

Please rest assured that every penny will be spent directly on protecting the health centre and the people of Hastings SL.