Fundraising in Petworth for Cockermouth flood victims

December rains and flooding in Cockermouth PICTURE COURTESY OF THE CUMBERLAND NEWS
December rains and flooding in Cockermouth PICTURE COURTESY OF THE CUMBERLAND NEWS

PEOPLE in Petworth have launched a fundraising appeal to help the victims of flooding in Cockermouth.

It is being masterminded by Fiona Kemp, wife of town council chairman Chris, with the help of Petworth stalwart John Riddell.

The response to the flooding disaster in Cockermouth comes because of the town’s close ties to the area through Lord Egremont and his family who have a home at Cockermouth Castle and own the estate around it.

“This is the third major flood over a ten-year period,” said Chris, “and residents and businesses in the area once again face a huge clean-up and a desperate effort to return their lives to some semblance of normality.”

The appeal for Cockermouth is supported by the town council, the Petworth and District Community Association, Petworth Area Churches Together and the town’s businesses association.

“Through the generosity of people in the town, £2,500 has already been raised,” said Chris.

Petworth appeal organisers have contacted community leaders in Cockermouth to find out how best they can help the stricken town.

And a series of fundraising events are being organised in Petworth. The next one will be held in the parish church of St Mary’s , tomorrow, January 9.

The church is holding a coffee morning from 10am-midday. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy sales table.

Support can be shown for Cockermouth in several ways including cash donations to the Petworth Appeal for Cockermouth fund at the town council or the community association.

Businesses, organisations and individuals in the town are also being encouraged to arrange their own fundraising events.

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