TPN – The Pallet Network – is leveraging its 117-depot nationwide freight operation to collect emergency relief donations from around the UK and send them to the thousands of homeless families affected by the Cumbrian floods.
Morecambe-based SCS Logistics is leading the campaign, having opened its depot as a relief centre as soon as the floods hit. Managing director Sandra Cottam-Shea says: “We are receiving donations of non-perishable essentials all the time and as soon as we have a full van-load, we are taking them to whichever area is in most need, including Keswick, Morton Manor and Carlisle.
“As I speak I’ve heard that there are up to 5,000 homeless families and that Penrith has run out of food. We all need to do whatever we can to keep these people warm, safe and fed,” she says.
TPN is inviting anyone who would like to donate non-perishable items from anywhere in the UK to drop them into their local TPN depot, or its Minworth or Preston Hubs, which will ensure that they reach the people of Cumbria free of charge.
TPN MD Mark Duggan says: “Our Members include over 100 of the best regional hauliers in the UK. They spend their lives transporting the essential goods we all need. We are only too happy to help the people who have lost so much in Cumbria by doing what we do well – fast, efficient shipping of the UK’s freight.”
Local TPN depots can be found by putting the donor’s postcode into the Find A Member page.
At the time of writing the people of Cumbria need the following types of items:
Pet food; canned and packaged non-perishable food; torches with batteries; candles; toiletries; cleaning products. Further updates on needed items can be found on relief websites and from Cumbrian councils.
We would like to remind people who do not wish to donate physical goods that they can donate to the clean-up and rebuilding fund at http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015
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