Youngsters in show of support to flood-hit Carlisle residents
Pupils from a Carlisle school took to one of the worst-hit areas of the Storm Desmond floods in a show of support to those who were affected.
The year eight pupils from Trinity School - which was itself flooded in December 2015 - put together hundreds of "bags of encouragement", which were then given to people living on Warwick Road this morning.
The show of generosity was part of the Archbishop of York's Young Leaders Award and requires participants to complete personal, school and community challenges.
"This was part of the community challenge," Andrea Shore, subject leader of religious studies, philosophy and ethics told the News & Star.
"They've already completed their personal and school challenges and this is the community element."
Pupils collected a raft of different items, including tinned food and toiletries, and attached a personal note with a message of support to each bag.
"The school was flooded and a lot of the pupils's homes were flooded too," Mrs Shore added.
"It's an opportunity for the pupils to go out into the community and show people that they recognise what happened and are still thinking of them."
"It's been good putting the collection together," said Owen Slater, 13. "We want to help people and show that we care."
Emily Delaney, also 13, said: "We're doing it as part of our Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award. We've had cake sales in our form to raise money as well.
"Every Friday it was someone's turn to bring in cakes that they'd made. I wasn't flooded and I don't know anyone that was, but we want to help the people that were."
Luke Mason, 12, added: "We got a really big collection, everyone brought things in.
"We're going out to show people that we care and that we want to help them."
The school organised the project in conjunction with Give A Day To The City and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) UK, a charity set up in the wake of the Storm Desmond floods.
"People were really grateful for what we were doing," said Kerryanne Wilde, of CERT UK.
"We've been getting some great messages of thanks from people. We just want to help because there's a lot of people in Carlisle who are still struggling since the floods.
"For anyone that wasn't in, we just left the bag hanging from the door for them."
CERT UK is facing an uncertain future, after being given a notice to leave its base at Skirsgill Depot, in Penrith. Kerryanne added: "We need to find somewhere else, even if it's just an office where we can put a few tables. This was one last hurrah for us."