Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to use its network of Local Centres across the city to support the Pakistan flood Appeal through the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC is co-ordinating donations from the UK to assist the flood relief work in Pakistan.
Councillor Mohammed Pervez, Leader of the council said, “This is one of the biggest disasters in the world at this point in time affecting millions of people. The people of Stoke-on-Trent are generous people and I am sure they will want to support this appeal and we want to make that as easy as we can. The council has registered with DEC.
“DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensures that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.”
From Monday (16) the main council Civic Centre offices in Stoke and the following local Centres will be open and ready to receive cash donations:
• Tunstall Local Centre
• Chell Heath Local Centre
• Norton Local Centre
• Burslem Local Centre
• Hanley Local Centre
(Hours of opening are Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 4.30pm. Tunstall is open Saturday mornings.)
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) was formed in 1963. It is an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies. It is easy to Donate online or by telephone 0370 6060 900.
The DEC's remit is to unite agency efforts in times of disaster - such as flood, earthquake or famine - wherever it happens in the world. The DEC approach is to maximise funds raised and ensure they are spent in an effective and fully accountable way
Organisations covered by DEC are:
• British Red Cross
• Care International UK
• Christian Aid
• Concern Worldwide
• Help the Aged
• Islamic Relief
• Save the Children
• World Vision