Dec 27 2012 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
A CHARITY container full of donations from Crosby has arrived in one the poorest countries in the world
Jospice, which marks 50 years of caring for terminally ill people this year, sent everyday items to a hospice in Honduras, Central America.
The container sailed from Liverpool last month and arrived in the city of San Pedro Sula, which was named the most violent city in the world in 2011, last week.
Jospice spokesperson Pat Murphy said the charity had received a real mixture of donations from local schools, churches and residents.
Pat said: “We asked for personal items, such as face cloths and toiletries as well as clothing for children and adults.
“We have also sent goods for the hospice, everything from wheelchairs, tables, bikes, wardrobes and 50 chairs.”
Pat is now hoping patients at the hospice, which treats people with HIV and cancer, will be able to enjoy the items, many of which were donated by people close to the Thornton-based charity.
She said: “I had a call to say the container was edging up the dirt track.
“It had woken up the whole village and they were all running around in anticipation of helping and seeing what goodies had been packed.
“Already 240 toys had been taken out to distribute to needy families who wouldn’t be able to give a gift to their children this year.
“That alone makes it all worthwhile.”
Honduras was declared one of the heavily indebted poor countries by the World Bank, with approximately 3.7 million people living below the poverty line.
In both 2010 and 2011, Honduras was ranked as having the highest murder rate in the world.
Pat added: “All these goods will make such a huge difference to the people we care for.”