(Warrington Guardian) A COMPANY with close links to the Caribbean is sending aid to the region after it was devastated by hurricanes.
Allied Export in Sankey Bridges has exported electrical equipment to the Caribbean for more than 30 years.
But the region has been battered by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the past few month, with most of the company’s customers having lost everything they own.
Now Allied Export is sending a 40ft container of aid to Dominica, one of the islands worst hit by the storms.
Jason Braithwaite, export manager at the Old Liverpool Road-based business, said: “We’ve been exporting to the region for about 35 years, just because of historical links and relationships that have built up over the years.
“We mainly export to all throughout the Caribbean islands, and one of our main islands Dominica has been flattened.
“There were no communications in or out for two weeks, and we only managed to make contact a week ago.
“When we were speaking to our customers there, they had no bottled water or anything and were actually going up into the rainforest to gather water from the streams.”
Aid – including water, tinned food, baby supplies and electrical cabling which will help to restore power on the island – will be sent to Dominica this week, with the shipment scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean 10 days later.
The island’s main utility firm Dominica Electricity Services will then distribute the supplies to those in need.
Jason added: “Their homes and their businesses have all been destroyed – they’ve been levelled and they will have to start again, but obviously it will be difficult for them because they have nothing.
“We supply items to them every month anyway, so we just decided we wanted to get some water, tinned food and baby supplies over them to them.
“We’re sending a 40ft container, half of which will be full of water.
“We’ve just had 18 pallets of water delivered and there will hopefully be another seven or eight pallets of non-perishable foods.
“The rest of the container will be filled with power lines that they need to get power back up in the region.
“Hopefully they can distribute the aid to the people that need it most.”
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