Morley pulls together to help flood victims

26 December 2015.......  floodwater by the new shopping centre at Kirkstall Bridge in Leeds after the River Aire burst its banks.  Picture Tony Johnson
26 December 2015....... floodwater by the new shopping centre at Kirkstall Bridge in Leeds after the River Aire burst its banks. Picture Tony Johnson
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Morley is doing its bit for the flood victims of Leeds by hosting a giant bring and buy sale.

Organiser Terry Grayshon has booked the town hall for the event in aid of the Leeds Relief Fund this Saturday from 11am.

The sale will include a coffee morning, white elephant stall, raffle and tombola, and Terry is now appealing to Morley residents to donate items.

“Like most people I was appalled by the scenes of devastation which were visited upon Leeds during the terrible floods. I was in the city centre on Boxing Day night and it was clear that some flooding would take place, but the scale of it was alarming, people have lost property and in some cases their livelihoods,” said Terry.

“I just thought that as a community the people of Morley might like to help those who have been affected by the floods; the event will hopefully raise a good amount for the Leeds Flood Relief appeal. Morley people have always been very generous in helping those in need and I hope that on this occasion they will dig deep into their pockets.”

Local businesses have donated prizes for the raffle and tombola and keen bakers have supplied cakes for the coffee morning. Anyone wishing to drop off items can take them to the town hall from 9-10.30am on the morning of the sale.

The cash will be split between individuals, families, community groups, social enterprises, sports clubs and charities who have been affected by the flooding. Leeds City Council has supported the event by waiving hire fees for the town hall.

“I’d like to thank those people who have supported the event by donating goods and their time to make this a success. We’ve had local businesses donating raffle and tombola prizes, people baking cakes and offering their time to help on the day, community groups sending in cheques; it’s been quite remarkable really,” added Terry.

“It really has turned out to be community event and I hope that will continue this coming Saturday with as many people as possible coming to support the event and in doing so, showing their support for the flood victims.”

To donate a raffle or tombola prize, contact Christine Hirst on 0113 2535647.