Cumbrian bed manufacturer Sealy UK is spearheading a campaign to support residents affected by the devastation of the recent flooding in its home county – teaming up with local organisations, Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers.
Following its involvement with the immediate relief efforts when flooding hit the region back in December 2015 providing much-needed supplies, Sealy is now helping residents as they prepare to return to their homes.
The company has made a donation of bed frames and mattresses, worth up to £40,000, to the two organisations, which will each allocate the items to residents in the community who desperately need them. Sealy is also urging other businesses and furniture manufacturers to follow suit and pledge their support to those affected.
Neil Robinson, Sealy’s sales and marketing director, says: “We’re a Cumbrian company, based in Aspatria and the flooding appeal is very close to our hearts. Many Sealy colleagues and their friends and family members have been directly affected by the terrible weather conditions we experienced not only in December last year, but on several subsequent occasions, the results of which have been absolutely devastating each time.
“We’ve supported the efforts in any way we can, with a donation to the community foundation, providing supplies and catering for rescue teams and now, teaming up with Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers, to help residents return to homes. These organisations help those in need in the community every single day and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to support them with their efforts.
“We are aware how many others have been playing their part when it comes to this important cause, and we would absolutely love to see businesses continuing the great work to help those affected to get their houses back in order.”
Joan Bailey, information and advice supervisor at Age UK Carlisle, says: “During our work with the community we’ve experienced first-hand some of the damage caused by December’s floods. It is incredibly disruptive, especially to elderly residents who may spend a lot of time in their homes and rely on the support of others to get these homes repaired.
“The flooding didn’t only impact on the ground floor of the houses affected, but the resulting damp has damaged rooms and furniture on the higher levels too; the mattresses will therefore be absolutely vital. We’d like to thank Sealy for its kind donation from us here at Age UK and the community members these items will go to.”
Alan Bennett at Eden Flood Volunteers, says: “We are extremely grateful for Sealy’s generous offer of support during what has been a very difficult time for the community. It’s fantastic to see a local organisation really caring about the residents in the region and the mattresses will go a long way to helping people return to their homes.”