Sooty and Noel Edmonds after the floods

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AFTER the Flood was the title given to a talk by Pastor Mike Willis from Morpeth New Life Christian Centre at the recent meeting of the South East Northumberland branch of the M.S. Society.

Mr Willis was instrumental with the members of the New Life church and other denominations in opening up the church as a drop-in centre for those who had homes which had been flooded.

The centre was open for nearly a year and provided a warm place, daily newspapers, tea, coffee and toasties, computers and a telephone line to enable people to sort out their insurance problems and most importantly, a friendly listening ear.

We also heard how Noel Edmonds heard about and was touched by the plight of people in Morpeth and organised a party for children from families of those who had been affected by the floods. Sooty also turned up. Mr Edmonds gave the church a very valuable new kitchen and now a Luncheon Club has been established which runs every week. One elderly lady who had been affected by the flood said recently, “I will never get over it.”

As Mr Willis very kindly stepped in at short notice due to another speaker being unable to come he was presented with a bottle of wine as a thank-you from the branch.

If anyone suffering from M.S, or their family and friends, would like to come along to any branch meeting they are welcome to attend on the second Wednesday of each month. We begin our new year with a very exciting programme, commencing in June.

Meetings are held in St James’s Community Hall, at 7.30pm. The next meeting is the Annual meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at 7.30pm. For more information call 01670 858939.