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Taste Cumbria Christmas goes ahead with the Spirit of Cumbria

Published on: Friday 11th December 2015
Categorised under: Live , Community, Cumbria, Festivals, Food and Drink

Main Street will host stalls selling food, drink and Christmas gifts, as well as street entertainment, live music and activities for children.

The event will support local businesses by offering stalls available free of charge to all shops and businesses affected by Storm Desmond. Gazebos, tables and electricity will be supplied by festival organisers CN Events – the events division of CN Group Ltd of which Choose South Cumbria is part.

Visitors to Taste Cumbria Christmas can also donate to the Cumbria Flood Appeal at the festival. More than £1m has already been raised in less than a week, £14,000 has already been distributed to help families across Cumbria. The Government has pledged to match fund what is raised up to £1m to help support people most affected.

Fundraisers can now share their appeals or donate at the Spirit of Cumbria website

Meanwhile kind-hearted people and businesses are continuing to post offers of help at and use the #spiritofCumbria hashtag.

Within hours of their plight appearing on Twitter under the #spiritofCumbria, the Williams family were offered a property in their hometown of Kendal by a good samaritan. They were in desperate need of a safe and clean environment for their young son James, who had received chemotherapy for a rare type of bone cancer, after their home was rendered uninhabitable as a result of flooding in the town.

Kendal Flood Relief Centre has also opened its doors in Westmorland Shopping Centre offering food, cleaning products, clothing, toys and much more to people in need following the floods. The centre is being run by King’s Food Bank in partnership with Kendal Cares and South Lakes Help & Advice. It is distributing goods that have been kindly donated by people and businesses from Cumbria and beyond.

Elsewhere, a selfless member of staff at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust still managed to get to work in a canoe after her house was flooded, and groups from Newcastle, Blackburn and Manchester travelled to Cumbria to help locals clean up after the floods.

Click here to read more inspirational stories from staff at Cumbria Partnership, who are partners of Choose South Cumbria.

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