Ribble Valley residents forget their own troubles to help Cumbria flood victims

Julie Watson of Automotion, and Darren Holgate of Darren Ross Hair Design (and his dog George who came along too) and self-employed Wayne Dunn prepare to take items donated for the Cumbria flood victims.
Julie Watson of Automotion, and Darren Holgate of Darren Ross Hair Design (and his dog George who came along too) and self-employed Wayne Dunn prepare to take items donated for the Cumbria flood victims.

Ribble Valley residents may have faced mayhem and disaster with the weekend’s floods but their hearts are still with others.

For the appeal to help flood victims in Cumbria has been inundated with help and donations in the Ribble Valley and one of the drop off points for donations, Automotion in Clitheroe, has already filled two vans with items that have are ready for distribution.

Around 2,000 people in the Valley have responded to the appeak which was put on Facebook by Clitheroe resident Katei Blezard. She asked for storage space to keep the hundreds of items that were coming in and staff at Automation were only too happy to help.

Julie Watson of Automotion said: “The donations have been coming in all day, every day and after the two loads that we sent off we now have an office full again ready to send more.

“We will continue to be a drop off point as long as we are needed.

“Some of these people affected will be out of their homes for up to 12 months so this will be an on going campaign.’’

A big thank you has gone out to everyone who has donated items. A list of what is required can be found on the Facebook page Help the People Affected by Floods in Cumbria.Automotion is based in Highfield Roasd, Clitheroe and other drop off points are Northcote Stud in Langho and the Frame Shop in Whalley. All items are being kept at a hub in Preston ready to be taken to Cumbria.