Belated Festive Gift for Flood-Affected FamiliesPublished Monday, 14 March 2016
Toy giant LEGO has given a belated Christmas present to children in flood-hit Ribble Valley.
Youngsters from around 25 households evacuated in the early hours of Boxing Day are to receive boxes of LEGO or LEGO Duplo.
The free toys will be distributed to children whose Christmas presents were damaged or perished during the floods.
Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton said: “The impact of the Boxing Day floods was devastating, with many residents forced to abandon their belongings and flee from their homes overnight.
“Emergencies can have a significant impact on children and this kind gift from the LEGO Group will help youngsters in flood-affected households return to a normal routine by boosting their sense of play.”
LEGO UK spokeswoman Emma Owen said: “We are thrilled to be in a position to help communities experiencing challenging times by providing some light relief via our LEGO products for children in flood-affected areas.”
It is estimated that £1million of aid passed through the doors of the Whalley Flood Relief Centre during Christmas week, including £500 of bleach and cleaning products from supermarket Aldi, 250 fleece blankets from Blackburn’s Tauheedul Mosque, furniture, white goods, cleaning equipment, clothing, toiletries and food.
Gillian Darbyshire, president of Whalley Lions, which coordinated the relief effort, added: “I am really proud of our community, who came together to care for each other in our time of need.
“So many people made a huge difference by volunteering their services and donating goods, which helped make this traumatic event more bearable for our residents.”
Families eligible for the LEGO will be contacted by Ribble Valley Borough Council over the coming weeks.