Relief of CPFT nurse as family are declared safe

Jojo's relatives still face uncertain future following Philippines typhoon

Relief of CPFT nurse as family are declared safe
18 November 2013

A Cambridge nurse has spoken of his relief that relatives caught up in Typhoon Haiyan are safe.

Edgardo “Jojo” Velayo (pictured), who works for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, had not heard from his uncle, Jun Velayo, since the typhoon struck the Philippines more than a week ago.

But in the early hours of Saturday morning he received a phone call to say that his uncle, along with his wife and their three children, had been airlifted to safety from where they lived in Iliyan, in the south of the Philippines.

They have been taken to a special relief shelter 150 miles away. However their future is far from certain because their home and tailoring business have been destroyed.

Philippines-born Jojo, who has worked for CPFT since 2002, said: “My brother, Dong, called me from the Philippines on Saturday morning to tell me that my uncle and his family had been airlifted.

“It was a big relief to hear they are ok, but they have clearly been through a very difficult time.

“Their home was destroyed and, like many other people, they were sleeping on the streets for their first two days before any help arrived.

“After that, helicopters started to arrive to take people away and they took the injured first.

“My uncle and his family have minor injuries and they have been taken to shelter near Cebu which is on another island in the north of the Philippines.

“They will now have to start again because their home and their business have gone and there is no insurance and no NHS there.”

Jojo, who works on Willow ward for older people at Fulbourn Hospital, said he and his friends will continue to raise money to aid the disaster relief effort. Jojo and many other Filipinos attend the St Philip Howard Church, in Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, where special collections have been held for the appeal.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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