Staff and visitors to a Leyland-based housing group have donated items to support the British Red Cross appeal for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

For two weeks, Progress Housing Group staff held a number of ‘Shop Drop’ donation stations in its office reception areas in Leyland and Lytham St Annes.

Both donation stations received a fantastic response thanks to staff and local residents who donated clothes, toys, books, DVDs and more.

More than 50 full bags were donated to the Kirkham British Red Cross branch who estimated the sales value of the donations would sell in the store for up to £400.

Helen Walsh, governance assistant at Progress Housing Group who organised the ‘Shop Drop’ stations, said: “I’m so pleased with the amount of donations we received. I wanted to set up the Shop and Drop stations after I heard about the Red Cross Appeal and thought it was a great idea.

“If people wanted to help, but didn’t have much themselves, they could donate by giving clothes, toys and books.”

Red Cross shops are accepting good quality clothing, accessories, household items, furniture and books, which will be converted into cash to help people in dire need in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of destruction across the Philippines, forcing more than four million people from their homes and leaving many families with nothing.