HEARTFELT volunteers moved by the Australian bush fires spent their weekend raising money for an international disaster appeal.

Easthampstead Rotary Club volunteers spoke to shoppers in Tesco Warfield to collect money for the Australian Bushfire Appeal.

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Bruce Irvine, who set up the appeal said: "A grand total of just over £1,570 was donated, and every penny raised will support local people devastated by the ongoing blazes.

"The money will be sent direct to the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches, Sydney who is co-ordinating aid for the NSW Rural Fire Service."

The Australian Bushfires hit the headlines at the start of the month and thousands were forced to flee from their homes.

Easthampstead Rotary Club has pitched in to help Australia, especially being moved by the loss of wildlife and destruction to the countrysides.

A New South Wales (NSW) rural fire service spokesman, said: "Since September, close to 3,000 firefighters have been out every day in NSW battling blazes the size of small European countries.

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"And almost 90 per cent of those firefighters on the ground are unpaid volunteers."

Easthampstead Rotarians thanked shoppers on Saturday who stopped and gave so generously to their Disaster Appeal.

Visit: rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade to donate.