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Morecambe man’s sport aid to Typhoon Haiyan

A village in the Philippines says thank you to Heysham FC for organising a charity football match to raise money for typhoon victims.

A village in the Philippines says thank you to Heysham FC for organising a charity football match to raise money for typhoon victims.

When Typhoon Haiyan struck, Dominic Clayton was on holiday in the Philippines.

“We had driven down to Batangas beach resort and were swimming in the sea when these black clouds came overhead, and our bus driver came running over and said we had to leave now,” he said.

“We got out of there and about an hour later the whole resort had been wiped out. We were very lucky.”

Around 4,000 people were killed when the devastating tropical cyclone hit the Philippines last November.

Following his narrow escape, Dominic wanted to do something to help.

His wife Michelle is from the Philippines and her sister lives in a village in Negros Occidental, a Filipino province, which was battered by the gusts of 195mph from the 370-mile wide typhoon.

So Dominic, who works for Trust Medical ambulance service in Morecambe, organised a charity football match with the team he plays for, Heysham FC.

“We raised enough money for my sister-in-law’s village to start rebuilding after the typhoon,” he said.

“It was only £300 but this goes a long way.

“They bought tools to rebuild the houses, food supplies and medical supplies.”

Dominic, who is also the drummer with Morecambe rock covers band The Bottlenecks, met Michelle while he was touring the world with Noise Ensemble, an acclaimed percussion group. He lived in the Philippines foraround 18 months.

He thanked all the players, Heysham FC and Trust Medical for their donations, and Heysham High School for the free use of their all-weather pitch for the football match.

 

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