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Cumbria art auction raises £12,000 for Storm Desmond victims

Melvyn Bragg's poem Image copyright Melvyn Bragg
Image caption Lord Bragg's "light-hearted" short poem, with a stickman illustration, poked fun at himself

The sale of more than 100 artworks at auction have raised £12,000 for Cumbrian flood victims.

The Love Cumbria event at the Halston Aparthotel in Carlisle on Thursday was expected to raise £10,000 for those affected by Storm Desmond.

Volunteer Amy Walker said it was "amazing" to see so much "support and generosity" from across the county.

All the money will go to Cumbria Community Foundation's Floods Recovery Appeal which currently stands at £5.5m.

The collection included a poem called Melvyn Bragg Is No Good by the renowned broadcaster and novelist, along with a postcard from actor Sir Tony Robinson, which collectively raised £70.

Image copyright Love Cumbria
Image caption Artist Jill Pemberton wanted her painting Hodbarrow Flooded would raise money by those affected by the "wrath" of Desmond
Image copyright Love Cumbria
Image caption Artist Rosie Galloway-Smith said she wanted to depict the beauty of local landscapes despite the "tragedy" of the floods
Image copyright Love Cumbria
Image caption Artist Dorothy Ramsay has been painting landscapes for 50 years, among them this one of the river at Brougham Castle in Penrith
Image copyright Love Cumbria
Image caption Artist Ailsa Witchell said the Lake District inspired her to paint

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