Hartlepool grandmother makes fourth mercy mission to help Yorkshire flood victims

Hartlepool Lesley Hornsby with the last of four batches of donated goods that are destines for the fllod victims of Yorkshire.
Hartlepool Lesley Hornsby with the last of four batches of donated goods that are destines for the fllod victims of Yorkshire.
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A grandmother is taking a well-earned rest after completing her fourth mercy mission to help flood victims.

Thousands of items have been delivered to the hard-hit people of Yorkshire thanks to the efforts of Hartlepool resident Lesley Hornsby and her team of helpers, She tackled her latest trip yesterday when she took microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners, toys, clothes, and DVD players to Elland Bridge.

People have been fantastic. They have donated from all over town. I don’t know how many items have been donated but it must run into thousands

Lesley Hornsby

Two mini buses, filled with goods donated by the people of the North East, headed south and Lesley paid tribute to everyone who had contributed, including those who came forward after reading of her mercy missions in the Hartlepool Mail.

“They have been fantastic,” said Lesley. “Lots of people have donated from all over the town.”

Previous visits have seen buckets, mops, clothes, blankets and push chairs all delivered to York. At times, the generosity of the people of Hartlepool has been so huge, it has needed a convoy of two vans, a mini bus, six cars and a horse box to move everything.

Mother-of-three and grandmother-of-four Lesley added: “It must have run into thousands of items.”

She first decided to take action after watching television coverage of Storm Frank which brought gales and downpours to York, which was deluged on Boxing Day.

But now, Lesley has completed her volunteer efforts to help flood victims and said: “I think I will take a bit of a rest now.”

Reflecting on her missions, she said one of the highlights had been the reaction of the people of York and Elland Bridge to receiving help. “They were over the moon and they were so grateful that people were donating things.”

Once Lesley has rested, she is planning to give her support to an online food bank scheme.