PEOPLE across the community have been doing their bit to help give residents in Cumbria a happier Christmas following the recent devastating floods.
Portsmouth freight distribution firm 2MV Logistics decided to encourage people to make donations as it has the facilities to deliver to those in need.
We just felt that locally it would be nice for us as a company to contribute something towards the aidGraham Truckel, 2MV Logistics
And offerings have been coming in thick and fast as people gave clothes, blankets and food, including boxes of tea bags and chocolates.
There have even been donations for animals as staff at Pets at Home in Waterlooville decided to do their bit.
Graham Truckel, the 2MV Logistics sales manager, said: ‘We felt that it would be nice for us as a company to contribute something towards the aid.
‘We’ve had all sorts from blankets and bedclothes to shoes to pet blankets and pet food, as well as non-perishable food.’
The Cumbria area was battered by Storm Desmond and thousands of people found themselves without power for days and flooded out of their homes.
The Environment Agency said more than a month’s average rainfall was recorded in a 24-hour period.
‘Clearly it’s a sad situation. None of us would want to be put in that position,’ Mr Truckel added.
‘So it’s nice to feel that we as a company and also our friends and associates around the area are willing to chip in and do what we can to help those less fortunate than us at this time of year.
‘There’s no good time for this to happen but being Christmas it’s when everybody likes to think that they are all going to have a good time but the poor people of Cumbria don’t have that.
‘So if we can help in some way to ease that suffering then let’s do so.’
One truck-load of goods has already been transported to Cumbria and further donations came in over the weekend.
Mr Truckel said he has been delighted with the response, not just from local companies, but from members of the public, too.
‘It’s been great. People have dropped goods in from all over the place,’ he added.
In Carlisle, thousands of properties were flooded and around 5,000 homes and businesses were affected across the country.
So far, more than £1m has been raised for the Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal, which was set up in response to the floods.
To donate to the appeal locally, please call (023) 9238 3638 or alternatively, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.