The Spirit of Cumbria lives on!

An awards ceremony's been held to celebrate the resolve of Cumbria's communities, during - and in the aftermath of December's devastating floods.

Support came in from across the world when the hashtag #SpiritOfCumbria went viral on social media - which, in turn, was chosen as the name of the event.

The ceremony was held up at Carlisle on Friday 1st July at the Garden on Eden, Carlisle.

Among the winners was Community Worker Jonny Gios from Sandylands Methodist Church, who helped residents during the disaster, and set up a community hub which is still in action today.

Jonny commented after the awards to say, “I am humbled to receive this award and would like to accept on behalf of all those people who have volunteered with flood recovery this year in Kendal. It’s been a Marathon but this is exactly where the church needs to be on the frontline, out in the community touching lives with the love of God”.

More than 200 nominations were received to give recognition to the men, women and children, businesses, schools and charities who tirelessly to help their friends, neighbours and strangers.

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