More than £2,000 has been raised in only a week for the victims of last Monday's explosion in Carnkie.

A fundraising coffee morning at the village hall on Saturday saw an "incredible turnout" of supporters,

One of the organisers Helen Ashworth, who has been behind the fundraising with Jess Curtis, told those who had shown their support: "We feel incredibly overwhelmed by the turnout. You really proved what community spirit is all about."

The two-hour event raised £1,715 alone and when added to donations via the online fundraising page,, a total of well over £2,000 had been reached by Monday, with promises of more to come.

Donations have been received from as far away as Madrid, with some people giving as much as £100 to help the families who have lost their homes and belongings following the disaster.

It was after the village was rocked by two explosions at around 12.30am on Monday last week - believed to be gas cylinders going up at the home of 71-year-old Michael Coddington, who suffered serious burns as a result and was receiving specialist treatment at Derriford Hospital.

Following Saturday's coffee morning, Helen added: "There is a lot of shock and emotion happening to all the people in the affected homes, but we will be in contact with them all soon to provide them with the financial help that this coffee morning has allowed.

"Thank you to everyone who was involved, whether you donated raffle prizes, cakes or tombola prizes, you helped man our stalls, or simply just came along and helped to eat the mountain of cake we got through."

So many prizes were donated that a selection of the larger ones given by local businesses were set aside for a silent auction.