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Flooded mother-of-three overwhelmed by community generosity

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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A mother whose life was devastated by flooding has been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, neighbours and strangers.

Carly Lobb from Chacewater came downstairs on New Year’s Day to find furniture, electrical goods and the playroom of her three children under a foot of water.

Her plight was featured on a local radio station and, unbeknownst to Carly, a woman she had never met set about raising hundreds of pounds to help the family.

Three-year-old Samuel Hoskin and his sister Kitty, 5, from Mawgan near Helston, were so moved by the story of the flooding on Pirate FM that their mother, Tabitha, was prompted to go out to businesses in the area and ask for help.

She succeeded in raising hundreds of pounds of vouchers to help Carly and her family get back on their feet.

Tabitha said: “When we heard the story Samuel asked what flooded meant and Kitty explained. Samuel looked at me and asked if he could give one of his Christmas presents to the children.

“It got me thinking about who else might be able to help so I went around the shops.”

Tabitha managed to secure a baby chair from the Joy Williams shop in Helston and toys and vouchers worth hundreds of pounds from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, B&Q, Mothercare and the Range.

“If my boy had not said anything I probably would not have thought twice about it. I’m the world’s proudest mum,” said Tabitha.

Carly and her partner Martin Coad, along with their three children, Rhys, 7, Kian, 3, and 7-month-old baby Freya, have had to move out of their flooded home on Fore Street and are currently staying with friends.

The two women and their children met for the first time on Tuesday in Chacewater.

Carly said: “We woke up to find the whole ground floor flooded and everything ruined.

“Then this amazing woman went around all the shops and got me all this stuff to replace everything.

“It’s been absolutely amazing and I can’t believe there are people out there who are so willing to help.”

Carly had been unable to get flooding insurance for the rented property as it had been flooded previously.

She described Tabitha as “a superwoman” and said she had been amazed by people’s generosity.

“I just want to say how grateful I am to everybody,” she said.

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