A charity which provides needy families with free furniture has appealed for help itself after being hit by the floods.

Fusion Giving, a partnership between Fusion Housing and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, collects unwanted furniture, household items and electrical goods and gives them to families in need.

The charity’s warehouse and shop on the Bankfield Business Park, off Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, was closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year.

Staff returned to check on damage after the Boxing Day deluge and found the warehouse had been under water and fridges, freezers and cookers had been toppled over.

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Suites, sofas and beds were ruined along with food stored there for the charity’s food bank in Dewsbury.

The charity had been due to deliver furniture to clients all this week and staff are now appealing for donations to replenish stocks.

One of the charity’s vans was engulfed in floodwater and has been taken away for inspection by the insurance company.

Fortunately the charity’s other van was in for repair and escaped damage.

Recycling team leader Hana Nadat said it was devastating and added: “It’s like we are starting again from scratch.

“We’ve salvaged as much as we can but most of what we had has been lost.

“We had lots of deliveries booked for this week with people expecting furniture. They may have been in temporary accommodation waiting to move into a new home but having no furniture. We don’t want to let them down.”

The charity has hired another van but urgently needs donations.

Anyone who can help should ring 01924 490702.

Watch the devastation caused by the floods between Brighouse and Elland below

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