A new business in Mytholmroyd has come to the rescue of residents affected by flooding after it postponed its opening.
Best Practice Training was due to be opened by Dawn Hartley and Claire Turner but the building was turned into an emergency rescue centre to help the people of Mytholmroyd.
Calderdale Council estimates that 1,250 businesses were affected by the Boxing Day floods.
Claire said: “We opened our doors on Sunday 27 December as we were the nearest premises that hadn’t been flooded and still had gas and electricity, so we used it as a support centre.
“We’ve been working non-stop co-ordinating around 100 volunteers a day, distributing hot food and drinks with an average of 500 meals a day made here in our kitchen, which has been open from 9am to 5pm daily.
“It’s been a whirlwind of activity and emotion, and it’s meant we’ve had to delay our opening for a few weeks.
“We are aiming to assist other businesses to remain open and are temporarily housing Mytholmroyd Playgroup whose previous home, Mytholmroyd Community Centre, was hit by flooding.”
Once the company is up and running, Best Practice Training will provide affordable training for individuals and companies such as first aid, health and safety and all other mandatory training.
Claire added: “In the wake of recent news articles around care homes failing compliance. we want to promote a more positive view about the industry and raise standards in the care community.
“We understand how important it is to invest in the training and development of all employees to ensure they provide excellent care.
“This will be done by running interactive, practical courses including the Care Certificate.
“Our team has over 20 years experience within learning and development and the care sector.
“We’re passionate about delivering training that is professional, responsive and competitive for our customers.”