Safe haven for those forced to flee homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - EARTHQUAKE - THE REFUGEES -

Evac­uees sleep well at cen­tre af­ter drain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of quake

THE Sal­va­tion Army cen­tre pro­vided an overnight refuge for 10 peo­ple un­able to re­turn to their dam­aged homes.

On Sun­day morn­ing, Cap­tain Peter West re­turned at 4.45am, hav­ing only left at mid­night, to see those stay­ing at the cen­tre awake calm, rested and fed.

He said: “We had 10 peo­ple stay overnight – one fam­ily and a few in­di­vid­u­als.

“They had a drain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and they all said they slept well. Kent County Coun­cil pro­vided the bed­ding. “We also fed 90 peo­ple.” Mr West said that the in­ci­dent caught them un­awares, al­though the cen­tre was open as a mat­ter of course.

He said: “It was not so much a re­sponse as some­thing that just hap­pened.”

The vol­un­teers were kept busy away from the cen­tre as well.

“We went to the lo­cal fire sta­tion on Satur­day evening. Their can­teen wasn’t de­signed to serve so many fire­fight­ers so we did some mass tea-mak­ing.”


The Sal­va­tion Army re­ceived help it­self from none other than Folkestone mayor, Cllr Janet An­drews.

Mr West said: “She was bril­liant. She worked with the vol­un­teers, helped peel spuds and chat­ted with peo­ple. I think she was ex­er­cis­ing lead­er­ship in the right way – from the front.”

One per­son thank­fully not kept busy, was Dover dis­trict nurse Heather North­cott.

She said: “We’re here to of­fer med­i­cal ad­vice and any first aid treat­ment, but we haven’t seen any­body.”

Mr West said: “Peo­ple have been pos­i­tive and well be­haved.

“They have tried to help each other and have re­ally pulled to­gether.”

Cap­tain Eileen West serves drinks to Jor­dan Parker, Alice Cook­son and Con­nor Parker Pic­tures Dave Downey

Res­i­dents who were evac­u­ated took shel­ter in the Sal­va­tion Army hall

Mar­ion Rouf­fel ready with the tea for evac­uees in the Sal­va­tion Army hall

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