Volunteers get their hands dirty in Cumbria clean-up

Volunteers get their hands dirty in Cumbria clean-up

VOLUNTEERS from three Heavy Woollen district groups brought aid to those in Cumbria devastated by flooding.

Crews from One Nation in Batley and Dewsbury-based Kumon Y’all and the Ansaar Organisation travelled to Keswick last Saturday.

They were joined in clearing homes, gardens and driveways by charity Food for Thought. Extra muscle came from soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Efforts were co-ordinated by Team Rubicon, a group of UK and US armed forces veterans who run civilian aid schemes worldwide.

In freezing cold and heavy rain, a children’s playground destroyed by Storm Desmond was also cleared.

One Nation, of Oxford Street, Mount Pleasant, hit the headlines recently for their work supporting refugees fleeing Syria.

They organised aid convoys dispatched to Europe and even helped on the front line on the Greek island of Lesbos.

One Nation volunteer Imran Bin Abu said: “We came to this country and got fed by the people, now we can go out to feed the people.”

In Facebook posts, One Nation reported seeing ruined homes that will take months to repair.

The Ansaar Organis-ation, based at the Bretton Street Enterprise Centre in Dewsbury, and Savile Town’s Kumon Y’all are both youth groups.

Farook Yunus, of Kumon Y’all, said: “We were talking to our young people about the floods and they asked us what we should do.

“We thought we should go and get our hands dirty, so we brought 17 volunteers, shovels and food for the day.”

In one case, a 97-year-old war veteran who lives alone was found with four feet of water in his home.

Unable to get out, he was low on food but was re-stocked by volunteers, who will return to Cumbria over the next few weeks.

Mr Yunus added: “It’s been very rewarding to do something for our neighbours in Cumbria and absolutely fantastic to work alongside the army.”

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