Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Than 150 Apply to Join Geordie Aid Team

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Than 150 Apply to Join Geordie Aid Team

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More than 150 people from the North-East have responded to an appeal to set up an aid team to fly out and help the survivors of the Asian tsunami.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, drivers and engineers have flooded to pledge their support to Geordie Aid, a campaign set up by Phil Brown.

Mr Brown, a 48-year-old children's psychiatric nurse of Birchwood Avenue, Wideopen, Newcastle, is putting together a register of people from the region willing to get involved directly with the relief operation.

Mr Brown said he had been overwhelmed by people's responses.

A Newcastle Airport spokeswoman said last night they would offer Geordie Aid and other charities reduced prices for relief flights and offered to help them with storage space.

As the region's workers pledged to offer their expertise, money for the aid operation continues to roll in across the region.

The region has now pledged more than pounds 5m to help victims of the tsunami and The Journal's UNICEF appeal topped pounds 26,000 last night. …

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