Mayoress gives 'heartfelt thanks' after Phillippines tragedy
Mayoress - who has family in the Philippines - has this week spoken
of her 'complete shock' at the devastation left by Typhoon Haiynan
which has killed thousands of people.
Arlene Cox, Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge, says she has been
overwhelmed by the support shown locally after last weekend's
Haiyan left a huge amount of devastation across the Philippines
and the official death toll stands at more than 2,300, but it
is feared this could rise much higher.
pictured with her husband Mayor Martin Cox, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Fortunately, my family are fine as they are based in the
north of the country but my heart goes out to all those fellow
Philippines who have been affected or lost relatives and friends."
have been so upset and tearful watching the TV coverage over the
past few days. It is so sad and devastating to see what has happened.
So many people have lost everything they own. I have been praying
for the lost souls."
the same time it has been so heart-warming to see how people across
the UK have shown theur concern and have been keen to give support
to the Philippines."
have been very emotional several times this week when I have seen
the kindness. It is wonderful to see the unity across the world
in offering help at this terrible time."
added: "Several people in Burnham have asked me whether my
family have been affected and I thank them for their interest
and kind words."
husband, Mayor Martin Cox, said: "It reinforces your faith
in the goodwill of people at times like this, both locally in
the Burnham area and across the world. We just hope those affected
receive the help they need."
Martin and Arlene Cox and, above, satellite footage of the devastating
storm hitting the Phillipines