Six residents of Riverside Gardens, Witney, aged from 69 to 90, did a 10K sponsored walk around Witney to help raise funds for vital flood defences for properties affected by the floods last Christmas.

The walk has raised about £900 so far, but the residents still need more support.

They have been unable to get any Government help through DEFRA, but have been successful in obtaining a grant from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks for £20,000 and also £1,000 from the Witney Eccleslastical Society.

Resident Margaret King has also organised several on-site fundraising events including a cake stall and tombola in July which raised £580.

This has enabled them to make the first order of flood doors, door/gate barriers and non-return valves to help eight of the most at risk properties.

Kay Jerred and Margaret King are still searching for more funding through grants as they need another £20,000-plus to help mitigate the effects of flooding for all the residents at risk - at least another 10 properties.

Mrs King said: "This has been a very stressful situation for these elderly residents to deal with and with winter upon them and no de-silting of the river, the thought of a repeat performance is frightening and causing a lot of anxiety.

"If you can help, please donate on "