Cumbria flood charity book goes on sale

image captionThe book will be sold to raise money for charities

A fundraising book containing postcards written by celebrities and with a special foreword from the Prince of Wales has been officially launched.

Proceeds from the book will go towards organisations which helped after the Cumbria floods in 2009.

The book showcases support for the county from people including Dame Judi Dench and Richard E Grant.

More than 1,300 properties were flooded across the county during heavy rainfall in November last year.

Cumbria Tourism's limited edition Wish You Were Here book, supported by local businesses Jennings Brewery and Shanleys Limited, features a collection of more than 100 handwritten postcards.

'Unshakeable character'

Each celebrity postcard describes what the writer loves most about Cumbria. Some feature drawings, paintings and photographs.

Entries include those of Dame Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant, Sir Patrick Stewart, Tess Daly and Jonny Wilkinson.

The postcards toured throughout Cumbria over the summer months and are now based at Rheged, near Penrith, until the end of the year.

HRH The Prince of Wales's foreword tells of the "unshakeable character and resilience" and "Cumbrian spirit" of the county's communities, describing Cumbria as "possibly the hardiest of counties" and noting its "unparalleled" beauty.

The book was due to go on sale on 15 November.

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