In a great show of community spirit, Newcastle United’s Alex Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey, along with their Carlisle teammates, have volunteered to do whatever they can to help the flood victims in Cumbria.

Storm Desmond has caused devastation across many areas but nowhere more so than Carlisle and the surrounding area.

The Carlisle players were on FA Cup duty at the weekend and made the long trip to Welling.

Macauley Gillesphey wasn’t involved in the matchday squad as he recovers from injury but fellow Newcastle loanee Alex Gilliead (pictured above) was allowed to be cut-tied by NUFC and started the second round tie.

The Cumbrians ran out comfortable 5-0 winners and before being subbed on 72 minutes, Gilliead created the second goals of Charlie Wyke’s hat-trick when his shot was saved and Wyke scored the rebound.

However, the bigger headlines were created on the journey home with the players discussing how they could help the flood victims back home in some credible way.

The end result is that the whole Carlisle squad will make themselves available after training on Tuesday to help in any way they can, whether it is clearing furniture, cleaning, tidying, whatever.

From the Carlisle United official Twitter account:

“Just speaking to club captain Danny Grainger on the team bus. A lot of concern from the lads about all those afffected by this weekend’s events up in Cumbria and the Borders.

“Every member of the squad has agreed that they want to help, if at all possible, so, they have spoken to manager Keith Curle, and it has been agreed that we will all be available, after training on Tuesday to help out in any way possible.

“Clearing furniture, cleaning, tidying – anything that is needed and that will help. Contact us on [email protected] if you think the lads can help you with your situation #oneteam.”

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