B&Q are supporting the flood rebuild and recovery effort in Cumbria by donating over £1,000 of equipment and tools for use in Keswick to Serve On’s Community Resilience Team. Work lights, safety gear and tools will all be put to use to help clear the streets and support the residents of Keswick and further afield. The seventeen person team from the charity Serve On, based in Wiltshire, are currently in the area and undertaking any tasks needed to relieve the towns and villages of Cumbria and get residents back on their feet in time for Christmas.
Dan Cook, Director of Operations at Serve On wanted to thank B&Q for their support: “By donating equipment B&Q are doing so much to help further the rebuild and recovery efforts in Cumbria. Without the right tools for the job deploying any assistance can be so much harder but with this support we can get straight into tackling the job at hand and start helping residents immediately. Just before Christmas is a terrible time for weather events such as this to happen and we will do anything we can to help local communities at this time.”
Community Resilience Teams are set up to provide relief and assistance in the UK for situations exactly like this one and will provide services to local residents and assistance to local authorities. Clearing sludge from houses, debris from roads and waterways and assisting the elderly and vulnerable will be high priorty. Currently teams operate from Serve On HQ in Salisbury as well as Portsmouth and Gloucestershire. Serve On will be working with Team Rubicon UK and members of voluntary teams from Bedfordshire to field a team of around 50 in Cumbria.
This will be the first official UK deployment for Serve On’s Community Resilience Teams, following a deployment of the established International Response Team to the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year. The Team is formed of volunteers who have been trained in flood response and are able to respond to incidents of flooding, crises or disaster in the UK, in conjunction with local emergency services.