Hartlepool students help victims of Cumbrian floods

From left, Alisha Copeland, Jack Fraser, Jordan Thompson, Jamie Charlton, Phoebe Gallon, Amy Pattison and Abigail Carbro with their goodies.

From left, Alisha Copeland, Jack Fraser, Jordan Thompson, Jamie Charlton, Phoebe Gallon, Amy Pattison and Abigail Carbro with their goodies.

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Kind-hearted students have shown the true meaning of Christmas by doing their bit to help victims of the recent floods in Cumbria.

Cumbria and the surrounding areas were devastated by the floods at the start of the month, with thousands of people left homeless after their homes were wrecked by a deluge of water.

Touched after hearing many of the affected families would be unable to return to their homes before the festive period, students at Hartlepool College of Further Education rallied around to give their time and resources to do what they could to help.

The students, who are all on the hospitality & catering course at the college, collected food donations before creating hampers to deliver to the various support groups in the most badly-hit areas.

Students involved in the initiative were Alisha Copeland, Abigail Carbro, Jack Fraser, Amy Pattison, Phoebe Gallon, Jamie Charlton and Jordan Thompson.

Kevin Dove, lecturer for hospitality & catering, said: “After seeing the devastation that has hit the lives of those in Cumbria as a result of the flooding, we decided to have a discussion with the students to see if there was anything we could do to help.

“We thought the best thing we could do to help would be to create hampers of food from the resources we had and we will be delivering them to the affected areas in time for Christmas.

“We pride ourselves at the college of doing what we can to help out in the community, and while Cumbria isn’t in our catchment area we were all moved by the pictures we saw on TV and in the newspapers and we are delighted to be able to help out in our own way.”