FILIPINO people living in Gloucestershire have all had to deal with the devastating impact of the typhoon that struck their family members in the Philippines.
Gloucester hairdresser Katy Gapate, whose dad Philip is from the country, has her scissors at the ready as she prepares to do her bit to raise money for the disaster-struck nation.
Katy, who works at C14 hair salon, in Brunswick Road, has enlisted the help of fellow salon workers to offer free haircuts for a day – in return for generous donations to a disaster fund.
She said: “So many families have been affected by the typhoon and I wanted to do what I could to help out and this seemed like a fun way to raise some much-needed money.”
Katy’s mum Jayne is cooking up delicious Filipino food for visitors to the charity cutting challenge on Monday. They will also be able to enjoy a selection of cakes.
The Cut-a-thon, in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal., will take place throughout the day at the salon.
Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 8, was the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit land. It had sustained wind speeds of 195mph and gusts of up to 235mph. Sea levels surged by 13 feet.
Some 2.5million are in need of food, while 1.9million were left homeless. The disaster affected some 13 per cent of the population and the death toll was last calculated to be some 4,460 people.