An Isle of Wight couple are appealing for help in the British Virgin Islands following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
Becky Guile and her partner, Dean, from Cowes spend half the year in the British Virgin Islands, having formed friendships on the island in recent years.
Hurricane Irma cut electricity throughout the islands and knocked out other vital communications and infrastructure, essentially leaving the British Virgin Islands’ 35,000 residents largely isolated.
It’s reported at least five people have died in the region following the devastating hurricane.
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Becky, said:
“The British Virgin Islands are somewhere Dean and I call home for six months a year – it is very dear to our hearts.
“We have so many friends there that are left with nothing. They are desperately in need of aid!
“We aren’t there at the moment, we are in the states. We have lots of friends there who have lost their homes and businesses and we just hope people can donate to help them.”
They are currently in America before setting sail back to the islands.
A working group from within the marine industry has been formed to co-ordinate ‘Sail Aid UK’, a fundraising initiative on the south coast to support victims of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean.
Virgin boss, Richard Branson, who famously owns Necker Island in the area, has been updating his Twitter followers with a series of posts following the hurricane’s arrival.
Video – Instagram: Richard Branson
Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged. But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker – it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. @virginunite is coordinating aid to local BVI families & communities affected – please donate to help http://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-support-appeal