A MECHANIC offered up the 'priceless' gift of a car to an elderly Kendal man when he lost his vehicle to the floods.

Jason Grobbelaar, who lives in Grange-over-Sands with his wife and two children, first saw that David Simmons could not visit his hospitalised wife via Facebook.

He managed to contact Mr Simmons, who had also lost his home, offering him a car that he had bought and done up, complete with an MOT.

"It's a £500 car to me but it's a million pound car to him," said Jason. "He was very emotional, he was very happy. It just made his life a little bit easier, which makes it worthwhile."

Janet Weiss, whose husband is one of Jason's regular customers at SJ Auto & Plant Repairs, said he does 'all he can' to help people.

Janet, who lives in Oxenholme, said: "He's a kind, genuine, top guy that deserves recognition.

"It's fantastic. It's difficult in this financial climate. He's got a family to support and he went out of his way to help."

Although Jason has only lived in the area for six years and has a wife and two young children to support, he wanted to help those who had been affected by the floods in any way he could.

He said: "We are not well off people but we will try to do anything we can.

"If anything goes badly for me in the future, hopefully somebody would do the same for me and pay it forward."

* To nominate your Flood Hero email mike.addison@kendal.newsquest.co.uk