Whitby rallies to help flood victims

Aerial images shows the remaining flooding along the River Ouse in York. December 29 2015
Aerial images shows the remaining flooding along the River Ouse in York. December 29 2015

The Whitby community has rallied around to help victims of the vast flooding in York.

Former York resident Sam Hoyle, who now lives in Robin Hood’s Bay, called upon friends and local businesses to fill a pickup truck with essential items after he saw the devastation caused in the area he used to live.

He said: “I was watching the news and seeing places I used to see when I lived in York some time ago.

“I decided I wanted to do something to help so I started ringing round local businesses and it spiralled from there. By Tuesday morning there were more donations than I could fit in my pickup.”

Items were donated by The Co-op, Lidl, Maid 4 Whitby/Whitby Laundry, Foil & Film Co, Coverdales, Poundland, The Resolution Hotel, Bobbins and Moutreys.

There were so many items that a second run had to be 
organised.

Whitby Seafoods also travelled over in their mobile van to help feed the rescue teams.

Sam added: “All in all a fantastic effort by the people of Whitby showing that we live in a very caring community.”

Roger Hartley, from the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, was called on because of his vast wealth of experience to co-ordinate the mountain rescue response in the stricken 
city.

He utilised assets from all over the country including Devon and Cornwall to help and met Prime Minister David Cameron to explain the mountain rescue response to him.