Bacton to Barbuda – in Bid to help Hurricane Victims

A Suffolk business is demonstrating its commitment to helping victims of the recent Hurricane Irma, which devastated homes on the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

Portable Space has donated a 20ft shipping container after hearing from a nearby resident that members of her family have been left homeless.

Alice Bolton, who lives in the village of Elmswell, close to the company’s headquarters in Bacton, was moved to start her own campaign.

Her appeal for tools and materials reached the ears of Portable Space, who pledged to provide a shipping container in which all the vital equipment could be transported.

The container has also been fitted with a tracking device, courtesy of US company Globetracker, which will communicate its progress every hour on the two-week trip.

Mark Black, Managing Director of Portable Space, said: “When we heard about Alice’s excellent initiative, we immediately wanted to help by providing a container to house all the materials and equipment.

“It appears that what the islanders desperately need right now are the means to create shelter before the rebuilding of homes can begin.

“We hope that our container – which we will be tracking as it goes on its journey – will play some part in helping the residents to get back on their feet.”



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Deborah Watson is an award winning journalist and PR professional whose career has been spent storytelling about the people, the passion and the personalities behind businesses and causes. She's the founder of Lexia Media Ltd (a boutique PR consultancy), the creator of EA-Today, and of Charity Hub East. Deborah actively encourages contact from those seeking PR support, media relations strategy, CSR partnership planning, and communication consultancy. She is a director on the board of Home-Start in Suffolk.