Students from Lowestoft to help those affected by floods in north of England

Elland Bridge, in Elland, Calderdale, which has been closed due to structural damage following flood

Elland Bridge, in Elland, Calderdale, which has been closed due to structural damage following flooding. Photo: Calderdale Council @Calderdale/PA Wire - Credit: PA

An appeal to support those affected by the recent UK floods has been launched by Lowestoft College.

Staff and students from the college will be travelling to Calderdale on Friday, January 8 and volunteering their time to help clean up the town and surrounding areas.

In addition to assisting with the clear-up operation, the college is asking for donations of items to take to the Calderdale area to give to those affected. Donations of the following are required:

• Toiletries

• Cleaning products

• Tinned and non-perishable food

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• Bedding and towels

• Pet food

• Children's toys and clothes

• A small amount of furniture

Calderdale was hit by severe flooding on Boxing Day after the River Calder burst its banks. Approximately 2,000 homes and over 200 businesses in the Calder Valley were affected by the flooding.

• Anyone wishing to donate can drop items off at Lowestoft College, Ladybird Day Care (Kirkley Children's Centre) and District Care Ltd, 157 Victoria Road, Oulton Broad.

• For further details, please contact: Rachel Bunn via r.bunn@lowestoft.ac.uk or 01502 525005.