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British survivor of Iran's quake setting up Bam charity

A British woman who dug her way out of a collapsed hotel after the devastating earthquake in the ancient Iranian city of Bam is planning to set up a charity to help the survivors, IRNA reported from London.

The 34-year old lawyer from Sheffield, northern England, said that she was so struck by the kindness and concern of the Iranian people that she wanted to do something to help.

"The compassion of the Iranian people really stood out. They were still trying to help us even though they had lost their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods," she was quoted saying by the BBC.

Millington, who was caught up in the earthquake during a two-week holiday in Iran, is planning to collect donations to support two hospitals treating survivors, the Razieh Firouz Hospital in nearby Kerman and the Milad Hospital in Tehran.

She said that she also wants to raise funds to help the surviving local inhabitants to recover after losing their friends, families, homes and businesses.

"I want to target the people who helped others during the earthquake, such as the guest house owner and two guides who helped us look for survivors," Millington said.

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