Carlisle United players offer help to Storm Desmond victims
Both the senior and academy squads will help with community's recovery from weather that saw the club's stadium submerged in rain water
Carlisle United have offered the services of all their playing staff, both senior and junior, in helping their local community recover from the effects of Storm Desmond.
Several players reiterated messages of support from the club on Twitter and fans both local and from across the country have expressed appreciation and admiration for the move.
Just speaking to club captain @Dannyg31986 on the team bus. A lot of concern from the lads about all those afffected by this weekend's ...— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 6, 2015
... events up in Cumbria and the Borders. Every member of the squad has agreed that they want to help, if at all possible ...— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 6, 2015
... so, they have spoken to manager Keith Curle, and it has been agreed that we will all be available, after training on Tuesday ...— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 6, 2015
... to help out in any way possible. Clearing furniture, cleaning, tidying - anything that is needed and that will help. Contact us ...— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 6, 2015
Academy manager Alan Moore has just been in touch - our U18 side will be joining the first team squad to help the community on Tuesday #cufc— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 6, 2015
The senior squad was travelling back northward having played away at Welling United in the FA Cup on Sunday when the decision was made.
The players and management were not so carried away with their 5-0 win that they could forget about the devastation being wrought back in Carlisle, as well as Cumbria more generally.
Hundreds of families have been evacuated to Red Cross centres and 60,000 homes are without power after Cumbria was hit hardest of all British counties by the freak weather.
In Carlisle, water levels continued to rise past the expected peak time of 9.15am on Sunday.
Emergency services are stretched to their limit and there was a multitude of thanks rolling for the Carlisle footballers, whose help will prove so invaluable.