Staff at Stephensons catering equipment suppliers will be wearing their festive jumpers every Friday until Christmas to raise funds for the Philippines Disaster Appeal.

Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last month, is believed to be one of the deadliest in the country’s history.

The category five super-typhoon, which whipped up waves as high as five metres, caused widespread loss of life and destruction to homes, business and infrastructure.

The Philippine Economic Planning Minister, Arsenio Balisacan, has warned that the cost of rebuilding the destruction caused could reach £3.6 billion.

Whilst this news story has dropped of the front pages, the Philippines are still in desperate need of life-saving help.

Peter Crossen, Customer Service Manager at Stephensons, said: “People in the Philippines have been through so much, and whilst the exact death toll is still unknown it is becoming clear that the number is likely to be in the thousands.

“The country has suffered widespread damage and flooding, and we felt obliged to help out in some small way.

“Me and my colleagues will be donating money every Friday up until Christmas for Dress Down Friday during which we show-off our best Christmas Jumpers.

“It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Stephensons and we are happy to be able to donate to this really important appeal.”