A group of friends in the Forest of Dean were so shocked at the sight of people losing their possessions as their homes were flooded during Storm Dennis that have got together to help.

Glenda Ward-Watton, who lives at Mitcheldean, told the Ross Gazette that they decided on Tuesday morning that they had to help. They have set up a group called Forest of Dean Flood Helpline in a unit in Cinderford and said that it is open to everyone affected by the flood.

Glenda said: “I live just a few miles from Ross and I was devastated to see the mess in the homes that were flooded.We have been given so much stuff, from old towels, which can be used as cleaning rags, to bleach and rubber gloves as well as items like microwaves and carpet tiles. We just want it to get to people who need it.”

She added that there have also been plenty of donations of clothing from men, women and children and also quite a few interior doors.

The unit where they are storing everything belongs to a carpenter in Cinderford and he has offered to give up three days to help anyone who needs odd jobs.

Glenda added: “We will do whatever we can to help, we just want people to contact us.”

Glenda can be found on Facebook or telephone 01594 542224 or 07837 427374. She said that both numbers have answer phones so leave a message and she will get back to you.