Town shoppers help the starving millions

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“GENEROUS” town shoppers gave £2,000 to drought-stricken Africans in need of help.

They handed their cash to Oxfam’s two High Street stores in Berkhamsted, which was passed to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis appeal. The appeal has now closed after raising £18m.

Oxfam’s volunteers, who had visited its aid warehouse in Bicester, heard that it had now sent 70 tonnes of water and sanitation equipment to Ethiopia.

A new camp on the border with Somalia has been opened and the supplies will provide essential support for 60,000 people.

Oxfam is still fundraising and aims to collect £50m to help 3,000,000 drought victims.

Volunteer Audrey Hope said Berkhamsted shoppers have donated very “generously”.