'Starter home kits' including new microwave ovens have been donated by a leading supermarket to help some of the people affected by the floods in Somerset, in the west of England, at the start of the year.
Tesco has donated nearly 400 domestic appliances and other home essentials, worth £35,000, to co-ordinators of relief efforts who are helping families who were either displaced or lost many of their possessions in the floods.
The items will be distributed by the Somerset County Foundation, based in the town of Bridgwater, mainly in the form of the kits, which apart from a microwave, include a kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils.
Manager of the chain's Ilminster store, Sara Goodchild, told the Western Daily Press: "Many of our colleagues live in the [Somerset] Levels and have witnessed the devastation first-hand.
"Donating the new furniture is our latest pledge and we're delighted it will benefit so many local families."