A FARMER from Quenington has been shipped out to the Caribbean to help with the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Dom Morris, who previously served in the RAF before working for the Foreign Office on the front line in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, will now be advising the British military on the UK’s response.

Military bases in South Cerney and Brize Norton have both staged up to a thousand troops on their way out west over the weekend to help the UK’s response to the crisis.

Fourth generation farmer Dom, 36, was at a wedding when he got the call on Tuesday and was in South Cerney within hours, before being sent to Anguilla and then the British Virgin Islands.

“It’s a privilege to be asked to do my bit along with almost a thousand government and military personnel in the UK’s rapid response to this devastating crisis,” Dom told the Standard.

“I saw the pictures on TV and just wanted to help.

“I’m not sure anyone can be prepared for the devastation that lies ahead but I’m going out with a great team which helps my confidence,” he added.

Before taking over the family farm, Dom won medals for his service to politics during his time with the Foreign Office.

He lived in patrol bases in Helmand whilst working to set the political conditions to bring British troops home.

Officials have reported 37 deaths in the Caribbean due to the hurricane, which has since swept onto the coast of Florida, killing at least 55 in total.

The apocalyptic destruction caused in the Caribbean has wiped out homes and left many residents desperate and without electricity, running water and food.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced an extra £25m of funding to help the recovery effort following the hurricane.

The extra funding will be in addition to the £32m already pledged by the UK government.

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Dom Morris on his farm in Quenington