Boxer fights through the rain to help local families in flooded Cumbrian village
On Saturday 12th December, World Champion boxer Amir Khan and the Amir Khan Foundation, alongside international charity Penny Appeal, showed practical support and morale to the victims of the recent flooding disaster in Cumbria.
Amir waded through the beleaguered streets of Carlisle, witnessing the devastation of the floods at first-hand and providing physical support by helping to move residents’ furniture and household items that had been destroyed in Storm Desmond.
Penny Appeal, a humanitarian charity from the UK which helps poor and needy people around the world, organised a solidarity day at the local Greystone Community Centre, where Amir Khan served hot meals to locals and handed out some early festive presents to young children from the flood-hit area.
Graham Weber, Greystone Community Centre Manager, said: “Having an icon like Amir Khan here has given the people of Carlisle a real lift – and it’s come at just the right time as many homes are still without electricity and gas. The volunteers have been just as brilliant and I can’t thank everybody involved enough.”
After offering support at the centre, Amir went back on to the streets to hand-deliver food parcels and hot dinners to the elderly and those isolated at home.
Amir Khan said: “It was heartbreaking to see just how the floods have destroyed people’s homes, including kitchens, living areas and even things like children's toys. The Amir Khan Foundation wanted to show their support by giving out food and even some new toys to the kids, and remind those affected that they’re not alone in dealing with this crisis.”
Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO, added: “The UK community always gives generously when disasters strike overseas, but we recognise that people at home need help too. That’s why Penny Appeal is proud to be carrying out essential work in the UK and we’re also delighted that we can safely facilitate our network of volunteers who want to get more involved.”