Help for families hit by floods

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The Whalley and District Lions group has made an appeal for gifts for children after many toys were destroyed in the Boxing Day floods.

The charitable organisation is collecting donations at Whalley Village Hall every day from 10am to 5pm.

Mags Twist, the secretary of the group who helped to set up a support centre in the hall, said: “Thank you everyone for the kind food donations at Whalley Village Hall for both Whalley and Billington.

“This is an extra appeal for the listed items only please: we appreciate these items are a big ask but would prefer new items where possible for the benefit and well being of these children.

“An Ipad – a big ask but these children need so much support and this enables access to so much as well as time out.

“Small television and DVD player with suitable DVDs. Wii system and games, colouring items.

“Other suitable good quality toys, but no large toys due to lack of space. Suitable child themed bedding, pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns for girls aged three and nine, and a boy aged six.

“Also, a Whalley village school uniform for girls aged nine and boy age six, school bags and winter coat for a three year old.”

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans is also holding a surgery in the village hall all day today (Thursday).