Ashford residents’ generosity is helping to aid their flood-hit German twin town of Bad Münstereifel.

Fundraising for Ashford’s flood-stricken twin town of Bad Münstereifel by the Ashford Twinning Association (ATA) has now reached almost £7,000 after an initial target of £2,000 was set.

Ashford Borough Council twinning champion Cllr Matthew Forest has been liaising with the ATA and said: “We have sent our deepest condolences at this most sad time after seeing the shocking news about the devastating flooding in Germany. It is so sad for those who have lost their family members and dear friends as well as their homes and businesses. Our hearts go out to those affected.

“Our borough flag is currently flying at half-mast at the Civic Centre in recognition of our long and most valued friendship with the Mayor and citizens of Bad Münstereifel.”

A Just Giving page has been set up by the Ashford Twinning Association to support residents in the area as they deal with the aftermath of the flooding. See https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bm-flood-appeal

The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Callum Knowles, has also written to the Bϋrgermeister Sabine Preiser-Marian in Bad Munstereifel to express our sadness and offer the hand of friendship at this testing time.

By Ed