Hartlepool group helps Cumbrian flooding victims

Incontrol-able staff member Sarah Leighton , left and director Fiona Minchella with the appeal's donations.
Incontrol-able staff member Sarah Leighton , left and director Fiona Minchella with the appeal's donations.
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Stacks of goodwill are on their way to one of the hardest hit communities in the Cumbrian floods thanks to a Hartlepool organisation.

Town disability support group Incontrol-able organised a local appeal for families in the village of Flimby, one of the worst places affected by flooding.

Practical items such as wellies, tinned food and toiletries were donated by numerous stores, businesses and individuals.

Michael Slimings, of Incontrol-able, said: “One of our directors lives in Cumbria and they have been telling us about the impact of everything that has happened so we have been in contact with local groups and people and had an appeal.

“The donations we have received have been very varied. We have had everything from dog treats to wellies and practical items like telephones.

“It is not massive but it will make a difference to a few families.”

Incontrol-able has co-ordinated its efforts for the collection with the Methodist church in Flimby which is helping residents who have been flooded out of house and home.

Thousands of homes and business across Cumbria were left devastated when the county was battered by Storm Desmond.

Michael said people and businesses in Hartlepool had been very generous after approaching them for help. Morrisons and Sainsbury’s supermarkets both supported the appeal.

They also used social media, including their Facebook page, to get the message out to a wide number of people.

He added: “We contacted lots of stores and the majority have given something. I would like to really say thank you to all the organisations that have supported us.”

Incontrol-able will keep supporters up to date about how donations are used on its Facebook page.

Incontrol-able is based in the Centre for Independent Living, in Burbank Street.

It supports disabled people to live more independently, access volunteering and peer support opportunities and helps shape local services.