Kendal: church hosts thank you gathering after floods aftermath
Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal has held an event to thank everybody who helped during the floods in December – and the recovery effort that followed …
The Sandylands Methodist Church organised the gathering at The Castle Green Hotel on Saturday.
Charities, councils, emergency services and community groups all gathered, where Jonny Gios from the church (pictured below) said he was pleased to be able to thank everybody in one room at the same time.
During his speech, he said: "It's humbling to be stood in front of all you here – who've made such a difference to people's lives in the South Lakes area. Some people had not even had a hot meal in days. People played different roles and came together as one to re-build Kendal."
He added that the work is far from over: "We continue on until everyone is back in their homes. There are still people out of their homes and we've got an uncertain winter ahead. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
"We've achieved a lot and should be so proud of our town – Kendal, and the South Lakes. I knew we had to do something like this, to bring people together who helped. Whether it was emergency workers, volunteers or the media broadcasting, we had to bring everyone together to share stories – and to thank each other for where we've come to."
South Lakes MP Tim Farron gave the keynote speech. He recalled the moment he was rescued from his vehicle as water surrounded him and his children: "All of those people who did things that they did not need to do were amazing.
"That guy who stopped his pick-up to help me and four bedraggled kids on the night of the 5 December – It wasn't so much the sense that I'd been physically assisted – but that somebody had stopped, to do a kind thing.”