£10,000 boost as appeal is launched

Morpeth flood September 2012.'Rhona Dunn and Simon Pringle with a collection bucket.
Morpeth flood September 2012.'Rhona Dunn and Simon Pringle with a collection bucket.

AN appeal is under way to help Morpeth flood victims.

And retailer Marks and Spencer has offered its own £10,000 boost.

The national chain has provided food and clothing for victims, and bags of socks, nightwear, jumpers, shoes, drinks, meals, tins and other essentials were distributed to those in need on Tuesday evening.

M&S Morpeth Store Manager Rosarie Noon said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the severe weather in Morpeth, which is why we’re donating £10,000 worth of food and clothing to local residents in the greatest need, through Morpeth Lions Club and the Red Cross.”

Meanwhile, local community groups have come together under the banner Morpeth Voluntary Service Organisations to carry out street collections in the town.

The initiative is being led by Morpeth Lions, Rotary and Soroptimists clubs, with assistance from volunteers.

Lions President Simon Pringle said: “We have started a flood appeal again, though not in the same way as previously because at the moment we don’t know what is needed.

“We have representatives of the three organisations on the streets of Morpeth, outside Marks and Spencer and Morrison and in the Market Place.

“The reason we are doing it is because there will eventually be a need and we are also coming together to give people who want to show a bit of solidarity with those who have been affected a means of doing that.”

Soroptimist Patricia Gatherum said: “People have already been very generous.

“We started very early when there weren’t many people on the streets, but most people were very happy to give something.

“Some people who have been flooded themselves were putting money in.

“It is nice just to be able to help a little bit.

“Morpeth people always come up trumps. They are always very generous when the time comes.”

And Rhona Dunn, of Rotary, said: “Rotary were involved from the beginning in 2008.

“This time we aren’t going to do anything like the furniture store, but we want to do as much as we can.

“It is nice being of service to people and people like to show that they care.”

Collections will take place until at least Saturday, from 9am to 5pm daily.