Pocklington mum’s mercy mission

Emma Jones and her son Luke
Emma Jones and her son Luke

A kind-hearted Pocklington mum and her six-year-old son have given up many hours of their free time to help the flood victims in York, by collecting and delivering tons of donated items.

Emma Jones, of Market Place, has driven hundreds of miles and transported about 10 van loads of goods from Pocklington to York to help people in need following the devastating floods.

The 29-year-old borrowed a van from Dunnington Motor Care, where she works as a customer service manager, and with the help of her son Luke, began collecting items at three different points in Pocklington. She asked people on Facebook to leave items at the collection points which she then loaded into the van and delivered to drop off points in York. She also received support from a few helpers - Claire Ebbs, Natalie Hatfield and Fran Johnson.

Goods that were donated ranged from food and water to toiletries and cleaning products.

She said: “It was overwhelming, people were very generous. People were doing what they could to donate what they could. The community spirit is incredible.”
Emma also got involved in helping shops in Pocklington on Boxing Day by stacking sandbags in front of doors.

It was after this that she decided she wanted to get involved with the flood relief effort in York.

She explained: “There is a group set up called Help the Victims, which I saw on Facebook, and I contacted them and said I’ve got some stuff, would you like me to bring it to you, and they said yes.

“It was just my natural instinct to help. These people needed help and I am in a position where I can help a little bit.”

She added: “Luke has done everything with me. He went with me to York and carried things, he was a little trooper.”
When she was in York, Emma helped transfer items to different centres helping the flood victims across the city.

Emma lent a helping hand for about a week while she was off work but has now returned to work.