IN the wake of the worst floods to hit Hawick in recent memory, the community group (Project Hawick) is aiming to raise £5000 to provide immediate funds for Hawick Volunteer Flood Group.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes as Storm Desmond struck earlier this month.

Much damage was caused to homes and businesses along the river Teviot.

Alastair Redpath from Project Hawick told us: "Fortunately, not a single life was lost and this is testament to the warning, preparation and intervention of the Hawick Flood Group.

"The group is comprised of ordinary folks that care for the safety of others.

"They leapt out of their beds at ungodly hours to evacuate local residents and provided good warning to homes and businesses.

"We will forever be indebted for their dedication and quick thinking.

"Sadly, they are in immediate need of fresh equipment and are currently based in a leaky portacabin, without power, toilets or even basic facilities."

During the first day of fundraising, the appeal saw a surge of support.

But even more is needed to reach the £5,000 target.

Mr Redpath added: "It is now a priority to ensure their future by locating and funding a new premises within Hawick.

"All money raised will be given to Hawick Flood Group, to be spent as they see fit.

"All donations, no mater how small, will have an instant impact on the group's ability to respond effectively to future emergencies. "

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