The pair were deeply affected by the trip and the lack of aid getting through to those who need it as it was revealed that four million people have benefited from aid given by the Disasters Emergency Committee but there is still a lot to be done.
Speaking to John Stapleton and Lorraine Kelly on Daybreak Myleene and her mother were both visibly emotional at recalling what they had seen. Myleene admitted she was deeply saddened:
I sat down on my bed when I just got back and I couldn’t cope with it… but we have big voices, there’s a big message to get out there.
What hit home for me is, it’s three months down the line, Christmas is out the way, we’re all moving on with our own lives. People have been so good in times of austerity, people have been so kind. We’re out there and you realise there is still so much more that needs to be done, the scale is devastating… the one thing that hits you about the filipino people is their resilience. They’re strong, they’re loyal they want to help themselves and they are helping themselves but they need that extra bit of help from people that have a bit more.”
Magdalena – who is originally from the Philippines – tearfully reflected on returning to the islands:
I was at home straight away and I loved to help and I would like to help more.
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