DONATIONS have poured in to help a town in Germany deeply affected by the flooding.

Bracknell's twin town Leverkusen has been hit hard by heavy rainfall destroying homes and affecting many families.

Last week, the German weather service issued an extreme weather warning for parts of three western states, while Hagen, a city of 180,000, declared a state of emergency after the Volme River burst its banks.

Many residents in Bracknell who are involved in the Twinning Association have become 'deeply concerned' about their friends in Leverkusen.

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Mary Temperton, chairman of the Bracknell Twinning Association, said: "We see the pictures and feel helpless. These are not just German homes and German families- they are friends, known for years- with shared life experiences.

"The Bracknell residents involved in Twinning are deeply concerned about our friends in our Twin Town of Leverkusen. Many have their cellars flooded. Some have structural damage to their homes."

In light of the damage flooding has caused, a fundraiser has been set up to help Bracknell's twinning friends.

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A bank account has been set up where you can donate to:

Sparkasse Leverkusen Buergerstiftung

IBAN: DE40 3755 1440 0100 1262 26


Mary Temperton added: "If your banks should want an extra fee you should have the possibility to make a cross at the alternative choice for international money transfer: "Costs on the receiving institute" or similar."

The Labour councillor expressed her sympathy to the residents in Leverkusen.

Adding: "We have sent them our great sympathy. They are all involved in the huge recovery.

"Leverkusen is like Bracknell, a caring Town, and I am sure its residents are rallying to support those affected."