Saffron Walden man collects clothes to take to Yorkshire flood victims

Chris Cooper is collecting for flood victims. Picture: Roger King

Chris Cooper is collecting for flood victims. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Archant

On New Year’s Day, ambulance technician Chris Cooper from Saffron Walden will be driving a truck full of warm clothes, blankets and tinned food to flood victims in Yorkshire.

Anyone who would like to donate items can leave them at the Reporter’s office at 54, High Street, Saffron Walden, CM10 1EE before noon on Thursday, December 31.

Chris, 30, told the Reporter: “At 6.30pm on bank holiday Monday, I decided I was doing something.

By noon the following day (Tuesday) he had been given nine boxes of clothes and blankets. These and tinned food filled his car with goods collected from Essex and Cambridgeshire. A Cambridge car-hire firm has offered to loan him a truck for the journey.

He said: “We’ve just had Christmas and people will have received new clothes so they may be wanting to clear out their wardrobes and this is a good time to do it. These poor people have lost everything and just before Christmas. I have never been in a flood and I have no connection to Yorkshire but I saw what had happened on television and I thought something must be done.”

Chris is liaising with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service who will be giving him directions as to where to take his cargo.