Town rallies to help with resident’s appeal

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A Brighouse woman who helped rescue residents in the town centre during the festive floods has been overwhelmed with donations for victims in the borough.

Bernadette Toner sent out an appeal on the Brighouse Banter Facebook page after Boxing Day and since then gifts have poured in, filling one of her rooms from the floor to the ceiling.

The 44-year-old explained how she waded into the rising water around Mill Royd Street car park to help residents in the caravan park and neighbouring houses.

“At one point the water levels were up around my chest as we rescued a 4x4 that got stuck in the flood,” she said.

“We were down there from 10 am to 8pm helping out and directing the traffic.

“There are so many donations that have been brought to my house from children’s toys, baby clothes and equipment. There is so much stuff I could open my own charity shop.

“I can’t express in words the response. I love what I do in helping the community as I see them as my family.”

Bernadette, of Sunny Grange, Brighouse, has also rescued a black cat who she found during the floods that swept the Calder Valley.

The cat, who she has called ‘Shadow’ is black and around four to five-years-old.

Anyone who may own the cat should call 07426631413