Flood-hit communities to get a helping hand

Loading up for another trip with urgent supplies to flood-hit communities in Yorkshire. From left - James Lowe, Christian Slingsby and Neil Freeman of Sleaford Round Table. EMN-151229-115415001
Loading up for another trip with urgent supplies to flood-hit communities in Yorkshire. From left - James Lowe, Christian Slingsby and Neil Freeman of Sleaford Round Table. EMN-151229-115415001

Sleaford and District Round Table members have launched a campaign to support flood-hit communities in Yorkshire and the north of England in the aftermath of the latest storms.

Storm Eva brought havoc to the Yorkshire area over the Christmas weekend, resulting in serious flooding in parts of Leeds, York and surrounding communities.

After seeing the devastation on TV, chairman of Sleaford Round Table, Christian Slingsby and felt moved to act and started setting up collection points for donations with the help of other round table groups around the county.

He said: “You sit there on Christmas Day and see everything going on and you feel a bit guilty. On Sunday, Neil Freeman from our group, myself and Johnny Stobart from Grimsby were having a quick chat on Facebook and within an hour we built a Facebook page and started adding to it.”

He said: “We are trying to get badly needed items to all those people affected by the floods, whether it’s bedding, food or cleaning products. At the moment they are desperately needing cleaning materials, food items and baby products.

“People have just had to rush out of their houses and taken limited items with them.”

Sleaford Round Table have set up the aid effort as a Lincolnshire based scheme but are already getting donations of goods from as far afield as Milton Keynes.

They have already got seven collection points around the county - at Hockmeyer Motors in Sleaford, Gravity FM in Grantham, Bracebridge Community Library, Cherry Willingham Parish Council offices, Burton Road Methodist Church and the Eagle pub in Lincoln and another centre in Grimsby.

Full details are on the Round Table’s Facebook page. There is also an address for financial donations to buy more necessary products such as baby food, that has already raised around £450. Visit: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/sleafordround
table/LincolnshireHelp
Floods

So far, Mr Slingsby said they had sent out at least three loads in their minibus to wherever it was needed.

He said: “We are reacting to the local groups on Facebook. On Monday night one load went to York which was only hit that day. Another has gone to Skipton and another to outlying villages around Hebden Bridge.”