Volunteers help borough’s flood victims

Volunteers distributing food and cleaning equipment to flood victims
Volunteers distributing food and cleaning equipment to flood victims
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GENEROUS volunteers have been out and about distributing vital parcels to families across the borough affected by the festive season floods.

A relief effort based at Leigh South Community Centre targeted some of the worst-affected areas including Platt Bridge and Leigh.

Volunteers at Leigh South Community Centre

Volunteers at Leigh South Community Centre

Helpers kindly filled parcels with food and buckets with cleaning equipment to distribute to families whose homes had been flooded in the deluges which battered the borough on Boxing Day.

Volunteers took around 20 packages to Hathaway Court in Leigh where one resident who is reliant on a mobility scooter was particularly grateful to receive two food parcels, one for him and one for his beloved pet dog.

The aid effort then moved on to the Miller’s Lane area of Platt Bridge where more cleaning equipment and food was handed out.

Volunteers said Leigh MP Andy Burnham was also out and about visiting those in the town affected most by the severe downpours and Wigan Council workers were cleaning the streets inareas of the borough which had been flooded.

Flood relief efforts in Hathaway Court, Leigh

Flood relief efforts in Hathaway Court, Leigh

Flood relief co-ordinator Yvette Clark said the idea to distribute relief parcels snowballed dramatically after she posted on a website she had some spare produce she had been intending to give to foodbanks which were shut over the festive period.

Ms Clark today thanked everyone who had given up hours of their time to make up the relief parcels and take them out to people across the borough, saying the way the community pulled together in the face of the unprecedented flooding showed the true character of Wigan and Leigh.

She said: “It started in a very off-the-cuff way but after I posted on Absolute Leigh offers of help were coming in all the time.

“Credit has to go to all the posters on that site for getting the word out.

“I owe a huge thankyou to the community centre manager Lill Collier for being willing to come down and open it up for us to use as a base. She’s an absolute star and if it hadn’t been for her we couldn’t have done it.”

Some of the worst-affected areas including Lilford Park and its surrounding streets in Leigh, where water levels were so high some areas were submerged for several days, land near Borsdane Brook in Hindley, Springfield and Robin Park.