Hartlepool gran appeals to Mail readers to back her flooding mercy mission

So glad to help. The contingency which took Hartlepool's donations to York
So glad to help. The contingency which took Hartlepool's donations to York

A grandmother is spearheading another Hartlepool mercy mission to help the storm-hit people of York.

 And to help make it a success, Lesley Hornsby is appealing to Mail readers to donate cleaning materials.

The mountain of donated items from Hartlepool arrives in York

The mountain of donated items from Hartlepool arrives in York

We first featured Lesley earlier this week when we told how the 44-year-old had twice headed to the flood-hit city with food, blankets, toiletries and baby accessories after a Facebook plea for people to help.

Now, the mother-of-three and grandmother-of -four is planning a third visit tomorrow. This time, she needs items which will help with the big clean-up of the city.

Lesley said: “We want buckets, mops, black bags, bleach, disinfectant and cloths for cleaning houses out, once they are dry.”

She told how cleaning items were in short supply in York and every donation from Hartlepool would be a massive help.

The people of York were absolutely over the moon and they could not believe the amount of donations we were giving them.

Lesley Hornsby

And Lesley took time to praise the people who have already helped so far in the first two missions.

“There are too many to mention. It’s all of Hartlepool really. I want to thank them all.”

 Lesley is so keen to help flood victims, she is even considering giving support to the people of Cumbria.

“I have been in touch with volunteers in Cumbria and they are crying out for white goods.”

Hartlepool grandmother Lesley Hornsby and her husband Stuart (pictured) have made their second huge collection of donated goods to help people stranded by floods in other parts of the north.

Hartlepool grandmother Lesley Hornsby and her husband Stuart (pictured) have made their second huge collection of donated goods to help people stranded by floods in other parts of the north.

Lesley is now gauging whether she can get together enough kettles, washers and fridges to put on a van of donations.

In the meantime, she is gathering the cleaning materials she needs for her third visit to York in a week.

She said her previous two visits had been greeted with great joy by the locals, saying: “They were absolutely over the moon and they could not believe the amount of donations we were giving them.”

The Facebook response from the people of Hartlepool was so great last time, the items filled a convoy of two vans, a mini bus, six cars and a horse box.

Lesley added: “I am not sure how many vehicles we will take this time.”

That depends on how big the latest response will be – and that’s down to the people of Hartlepool.

Anyone who would like to make donations to the cause can contact Lesley via her Facebook page, or by calling 07884 342306.