Fareshare do their bit For Cumbria relief efforts

FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria have today stepped in to aid the victims of the recent Cumbria floods after the area was left devastated by the flooding and storms caused by ‘Storm Desmond’ in early December. Recycling Lives, who run the charity food distribution centre for Lancashire and Cumbria, were on hand to provide help to the hardest hit people in the area, by offering relief to those in need. The supplies were transported throughout the area to various different locations in order to take the pressure off those struggling just before Christmas.

The University of Cumbria, kindly opened a temporary distribution centre at its Fusehill Street campus sports hall in Carlisle to house and distribute donations for the flood victims, it is here where the majority of food was taken.

Additionally, supplies were also sent to the Lancaster Peoples Café who also experienced flooding in recent weeks, and they have been supporting the people of Lancaster and the community by keeping them going during the recent floods and power cuts. The Lancaster’s Peoples Café runs on the concept that you ‘Pay what you can and eat what you need’. Staffed and run by volunteers, they welcomed the delivery they received today with open arms.

Finally, extra supplies were also sent to West End Impact in Morecambe who were without power for two days but still provided hot meals and food parcels for the community who were affected. These extra parcels were generously put together by The Muslim Girls School in Preston and The Star Foundation, who came into the depot to offer their time and support to help people of Cumbria and Lancashire get back on their feet.

Steve Jackson OBE, CEO and Founder of Recycling Lives said:

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to help those people in need just before Christmas, no one at any time of the year, let alone December, should have their lives affected by such tragic events. I am glad as an organisation that we can offer support to these people in the hope that it makes their Christmas that slightly bit better"

Recycling Lives are encouraging other businesses in Lancashire to get involved, including sponsoring a charity to receive food.