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Donations needed 'to save lives'

A Derbyshire charity has said it desperately needs more donations if it is to continue sending aid to regions hit by flood and disaster.

Volunteers at Aquabox at Cromford in Derbyshire are hoping to send a shipment to Indonesia.

It costs £80 to provide each box, which contains a water purification system and essentials for families.

Keith Meikle-Janney, of Aquabox, said the recession had significantly affected how they could help people.

He said: "We would normally turn over approximately £200,000 a year from voluntary donations. But this year, with the credit crunch, that has been significantly reduced.

"And with three emergencies in one week we obviously look for an increase in income. If people can contribute more, then we can pack more and save more lives."

The boxes contain a water filtration system, clothing and other utensils such as tools and a first aid kit, but when emptied are used as water filtration units.

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