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Cumbria flood appeal fund set up

Cumbria flood appeal fund set up

The Cumbria Community Foundation has announced the creation of an appeal fund for those affected by the floods and storms which took place earlier this week.

The Copeland Flood Recovery Fund 2012 has been established with a donation of £50,000 from the Copeland Community Fund. Its primary purpose is to help individuals and families suffering financial hardship as a result of the floods, and its secondary purpose is to fund community relief and ‘rebuilding’ projects.

Organisers have set an appeal target of £100,000.

The maximum grant available is expected to be in the region of £1,000.

The Cumbria Community Foundation was established in 1999. It makes grants to voluntary and community groups throughout the county. It currently distributes more than £1 million a year.

It already has experience of running appeals, having run them in 2001, 2005 and 2009. The 2009 Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, launched to assist the people and communities affected by the flooding of November 2009, raised over £3 million.

Photo: sandbags in a flood – by ChiccoDodiFC on Shutterstock.com

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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