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TIDAL WAVE DISASTER: Groups and firms respond to appeal.

Organisations, companies and individuals have all responded generously to the call for aid to help the survivors of the tsunamis in Asia.

The public has so far donated pounds 25 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee, the umbrella organisation for British charities including ActionAid, Oxfam, Christian Aid, World Vision and The Red Cross.

England's Premiership football clubs have donated pounds 1 million to the relief effort, with the 20 clubs each pledging pounds 50,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Tesco has invited the British Red Cross to hold a cash collection in all its stores on the weekend of January 8 and 9, as well as making a donation of pounds 100,000 to the British Red Cross in the first days after the disaster.

Outdoor equipment retailer Blacks Leisure Group is to donate pounds 50,000 worth of camping supplies to provide shelter to the tsunami victims.

Mobile phone operator Vodafone donated pounds 1 million from its charitable trust, the Vodafone Group Foundation, to the Disasters Emergency Committee, The Red Cross and other groups.

Cash from all coffee sold at Dave Abbott's cafe, The Upper Crust in Wigan, on New Year's Eve and on January 4 will go to the relief effort

Peter Davies, who runs Star Chamber, a memorabilia shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has raised more than pounds 4,500 from local companies.

The Queen is to make a substantial donation to the relief effort. The money will probably be given to agencies of which the Queen is patron, Buckingham Palace said.

The Jersey Government, through the States of Jersey Overseas Aid Committee, has donated pounds 500,000 to the British Red Cross Asia Earthquake and Flood Appeal.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 31, 2004
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