Ground Control helps Cumbrian flood victims

Landscape services provider Ground Control has been helping flood victims in the Lake District, carrying out a cleanup operation, transporting people and providing supplies including first aid kits, baby food and toiletries.

Keswick before Storm Desmond hit. Image: Pixabay
Keswick before Storm Desmond hit. Image: Pixabay

Project manager Andrew Humpage, who helped out on the ground in Kewick, said: "It was heart-breaking seeing just how much devastation was caused not only to the houses and properties with white goods and sofas littering the pavements, but also seeing arboretums and parks that have been destroyed by the sheer force of the floodwaters."

But he added: "What has come out of all of this though is the amazing community spirit we encountered. Volunteers came from all over the North West to help out, from giving donations to shovelling silt from peoples' homes. It was truly inspiring to see."

Ground Control managing director Marcus Watson added: "What has happened in the Cumbrian region is horrific, and one can only imagine the heartache everyone affected is going through. Alongside Andrew's help on the ground, we wanted to provide much needed supplies to add to the ongoing recovery work already happening. Finally, all of the team and contractors associated with Ground Control pass on their best wishes to all involved."

An appeal has been launched for donations to go towards flood recovery work in Cumbria.

Next year there will be more ways people can help the region's economy recover, Watson added.

"For example, when planning our holidays, which many of us will do over the Christmas break, we can review where we spend our holiday money. The Lake District and the Eden Valley are fabulous holiday destinations which would welcome returning customers and new holiday makers alike. There is nothing better than a thriving local economy to rebuild communities.

"From a personal perspective, I will be arranging my summer holiday in the Eden Valley and would recommend this area and the Lake District as wonderful places to relax with your friends and family."

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