The campaign to connect Cumbria’s flood-hit communities and showcase the county’s community spirit has reached thousands through the Spirit of Cumbria website www.spiritofcumbria.co.uk and #spiritofCumbria social media campaign.
The Spirit of Cumbria website features offers of help, support and places to stay as people start to rebuild their lives after the severe damage caused by Storm Desmond.
Generous businesses and individuals have pledged to help affected people, from providing hot-desking to free hairdressing. Others have offered laundry facilities, photo restoration and children’s clothes and toys.
The campaign has even gained support from outside the county, with one kind-hearted supporter offering a cottage in Suffolk to a family affected by the floods. Milly from Norfolk said: “We have a holiday cottage in Suffolk if a family want to come and stay for Christmas for free.”
Relief organisation Al-Imdaad Foundation posted a video showing their response to the Cumbria floods.
Meanwhile, businesses including the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness and Windermere Lake Cruises used www.spiritofcumbria.co.uk to let the people know that they are still open for business. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is offering free entry for people with an LA postcode throughout December.
English Lakes Hotels, a partner of Choose South Cumbria, whose properties include the Low Wood Hotel near Ambleside and the Wild Boar Hotel in Crook, tweeted: “All English Lakes venues are open for “business as usual” and all key access routes are open.”
On a lighter note, actor and comedian Steve Coogan has revealed that he was stranded overnight in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.
Coogan was driving near Thirlmere during a trip to Coniston when he became trapped and, with no signal on his phone, was forced to sleep in his car.
He said: "Fortunately I had my dog with me, so he kept me company. And I'd been to the shops, so I survived 'Bear Grylls' style on nuts and berries - but I bought them at Marks and Spencer."
Share your inspirational stories and tales of kindness using the hashtag #spiritofCumbria