Sue will tonight accompany two of Cockermouth’s “flood heroes”, the Rev. Wendy Sanders and John Bulman of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, to a reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister.
“I’m glad that the Prime Minister is recognising the amazing work carried out by so many selfless people in our community during and after the devastating floods caused by Storm Desmond before Christmas.
“All the people who volunteered and helped, particularly in Cockermouth, was absolutely invaluable. Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team are there for us at any time of the day, and went beyond the call of duty during the floods. This reception is to thank them for their vital work and to recognise everything they continue to do for our community.
“Wendy distributed food parcels around Cockermouth and worked with the church to set up the Cockemouth relief centre for flood victims. She works tirelessly for our community, and it’s important that she gets the recognition that she sorely deserves.
“Our stretched local emergency services were ably assisted by volunteers, and so many people came forward to help flooded residents in the aftermath. We’re a close-knit community in West Cumbria and I know everyone affected by the flooding greatly appreciates the work that our flood heroes did, and continue to do, to support the community.”