Leighton pitches in to help Cumbrian flood victims

Fiona Hobbs and her company JR Smith of Tring are collecting donations for people affected by the floods in Cumbria PNL-151112-175210009
Fiona Hobbs and her company JR Smith of Tring are collecting donations for people affected by the floods in Cumbria PNL-151112-175210009
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Kind-hearted residents from across Leighton Buzzard have dug deep to donate a wealth of supplies to victims of the Cumbrian floods.

Staff at haulage company JR Smith Transport, which has a depot in Slapton, are doing all they can to gather emergency relief as part of a national scheme.

Over the last week-and-a-half the firm’s compliance manager, Fiona Hobbs, has collected donations from across the town and as many as 18 pallets of aid have been despatched up north.

Responding to a call for help, concerned locals have turned up to Fiona’s Leighton home to drop off bedding, food, toiletries and other essentials.

Fiona said:”We have been inundated– lots of people are helping but this is a problem that is ongoing and is not just about today and tomorrow.

“It is terrible what has happened to these people, my heart goes out to them.

“They had this issue with flooding at the start of last year and how they are feeling I really don’t know.”

Extensive flood damage from Storm Desmond has left thousands of homes uninhabitable.

The government has pledged £50m to flood victims but many fear this will not touch the sides.

Fiona added: “The excess of a lot of people’s insurance there has gone up to £2,500, while the monthly payments are around £100 a month.

“A lot can’t afford it so this has been terrible for them.”

> Anyone who can help with donating supplies can call Fiona on 07540 060560