Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate launch appeal to help South Yorkshire flood victims - here's how you can do your bit
In a gesture to show solidarity and support for people whose homes have been devastated by the flooding in South Yorkshire, the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Harrogate have launched an appeal to collect clothing, food and other essential items to help.
In partnership with The Yorkshire Hotel, Stuart and April Martin are inviting residents from across the Harrogate district to make a donation and send a clear message to flood victims that communities across North Yorkshire are thinking of them.
All items can be dropped off at The Yorkshire Hotel or Ripon Community House - suggestions for donated goods include cleaning materials, non-perishable food, wellington boots for children and adults, and new or excellent condition second-hand clothing,
The Mayor said: "This time of year is a time for giving - if we can help, we should. I know that there are lots of appeals around Christmas, and I know a lot of people are struggling, but everybody has got something in their wardrobe that they have not worn for a couple of years. We can all do something.
"It would be nice to collect some children's toys and Christmas gifts as well, as so many families' worlds have been turned upside down by the flooding.
"I find it really hard to imagine how difficult it must be for everyone affected - one day going to bed with everything as it should be, and then the next day walking through water in your home. How do you cope?"
Taking to social media to share their appeal, the Mayor and Mayoress said: "We are launching our appeal with The Yorkshire Hotel to help those who are flooded near Doncaster, it is still pouring down. They need clothing new or excellent quality second hand, cleaning materials, underwear, wellingtons for adults and children, non-perishable foods, cleaning materials for when they can return, and Xmas gifts.
"It is a time for giving, and I hope if I were ever in that situation someone would help me. Ripon Community House is the drop off point, and in Harrogate The Yorkshire Hotel. They are absolutely desperate - please help if you can, no gift is too small."