Ian and Helen Faulds, of Cockermouth, are collecting cash to send to aid workers to Albania after 12,000 people were made homeless in the heaviest rainfall in 100 years.

“We don’t get the chance to travel as much as we used to so instead we want to try and raise the profile of poverty stricken areas,” said Mrs Faulds, 52.

“One of the areas we want to help is Albania, which we visited last March.

“We began sending Christmas gifts to church groups over there and then we were told the areas where they were being distributed had been flooded.

“Although there has been virtually no publicity here, the floods have been terrible; about 12,000 people have been evacuated.

“The country is already the poorest in Europe. The rural areas are very deprived.

“Although Communism ended there 20 years ago, people have struggled to move on.

“I am sure it will be a cause close to the hearts of people in west Cumbria after what happened here last year.

Three weeks ago downpour flooded 14,000 hectares of farming land.

At least 4,597 houses have been damaged and 2,561 have been completely flooded. To donate visit www.povertyswap.co.uk or ring 01900 829525.


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