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Harper Adams flood hero students praised

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

DOWNING STREET . . . Chloe Cross and Tom Gardner.

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TWO HARPER ADAMS University students who came to the aid of stricken Somerset farmers have been hailed as "flood heroes" by the Prime Minister.

Chloe Cross and Tom Gardner, were among 150 people invited to a reception with David Cameron after going the extra mile to help victims of this year's flooding disaster.

Agriculture student Chloe kick-started a fundraising campaign at the university which included designing and selling T-shirts and collecting cash in the canteen.

She said: "The Prime Minister addressed us all and acknowledged the different levels of help that we each gave.

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"He also made several announcements about future aid for farmers affected by the flooding, and a new scheme called Points of Light that will recognise voluntary work.

Tom, from West Sussex, who is also studying agriculture, rallied 10 fellow students to launch Need for Feed, a fodder collection and delivery campaign. They appealed to local farmers, businesses and landowners for help.

And they also secured tractor loans and sponsorship money for diesel to take their donations to where they were needed.

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