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10 appeals raising funds to ease UK flood devastation

10 appeals raising funds to ease UK flood devastation

The flood damage wrought in the north of the UK by the December storms has seen many communities suffer, prompting the launch of a number of fundraising and funds to help those affected.

While the Government has pledged £50m, the devastation has also seen appeals created by a range of organisations, from community foundations to sports organisations and charities, as well as individuals.

Here are 10 that are helping to ease the crisis:

1. Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal

The biggest of the appeals so far, the Cumbrian 2015 Flood Appeal was launched by the Cumbria Community Foundation on December 5th 2015 with an initial £1m target. By New Year’s Eve, the appeal had already raised over £4m with a new target of £6m.

According to the Cumbria Community Foundation site, the fund is open to anyone whose home has suffered flooding, significant structural damage, or to those who have lost work or income as a result of the storm or flood. Funds are directed towards cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, childcare equipment and basic furniture. It is also providing grants to voluntary and community groups who are providing immediate relief to people, offering longer-term community rebuilding projects or have experienced significant structural and or flood damage.

Cumbria Flood 2015 Appeal

Cumbria Flood 2015 Appeal

 

2. Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Public Appeal

The Community Foundation for Lancashire has so far raised almost £140k with its appeal aimed at helping those in Lancashire and Merseyside. Launched on December 8th, this appeal is raising funds to contribute to clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating.

Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Public Appeal

Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Public Appeal

 

3. Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal

Launched by charity Forever Manchester, which works closely with the Greater Manchester Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, the appeal is being managed within the Greater Manchester Relief Fund, which provides financial support to victims of large-scale disasters. By New Year’s Day, it was over halfway to achieving its £50k target.

Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal

Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal

 

4. Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal (Boxing Day floods 2015)

Launched by the Community Foundation for Calderdale to aid those affected by the Boxing Day floods in Calderdale, Yorkshire, this appeal has so far raised 25% of its £1m target. The money will help provide cleaning up materials, and grants to support people with emergency accommodation, and the costs of cleaning up and replacing furniture and white goods.

Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal

Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal

 

5. Emergency Football Relief Fund

A £750,000 fund established using funding from the Premier League, the FA and Government to rebuild and repair grassroots football pitches and facilities that have suffered storm damage and flooding, expanded on Dec 31 to include the regions covered by the Manchester County FA, Liverpool County FA, Cheshire County FA and the North Riding County FA. Organisations are asked to contact their County FA for more information about how to access the emergency relief funding.

Football Relief Fund

Football Relief Fund

 

6. Sport England Emergency Flood Relief Fund

Sport England’s fund is investing up to £400,000 of National Lottery funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms to help get sports facilities back up and running as quickly as possible. Clubs and community-based sports organisations can apply online for up to £5,000 of emergency funding.

Sport England Emergency Flood Relief Fund

Sport England Emergency Flood Relief Fund

 

7. The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced that it is working alongside The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group to raise money in an appeal that it will use to help the communities, farmers and businesses affected by the flooding.

The Prince's Countryside Fund & The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group

The Prince’s Countryside Fund & The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group

 

8. Daily Mail Christmas Flood Appeal

The Daily Mail had raised £1m through its readers by Christmas Day, which is going to the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Lancashire.

Daily Mail Christmas Flood Appeal

Daily Mail Christmas Flood Appeal

 

9. Croston Appeal

Individuals are doing their bit too. One woman in Croston, Lancashire has set up a Crowdfunding page to raise funds to help pay the insurance excess for the Croston Community Centre as well as local resident, which has almost reached its £5k target.

Croston flood appeal

Croston appeal

 

10. Bingley Flood Support Group

Bingley in Yorkshire was hit by the Boxing Day floods.  The Flood Support Group is aiming to raise £5000 to help those affected in the town.

Bingley Flood Support Group

Bingley Flood Support Group

 

Help is also available for those keen to help but unsure on the best cause of action or which appeal to donate to. Earlier in December, Lakeland Radio told people how they could help, while last year the Charity Commission issued advice on how to give to flood appeals.

 

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Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
  • The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is keen to help communities affected by the recent floods. It is encouraging any voluntary and community groups working in the affected areas to apply for grants to help them deal with any immediate repair, renewal costs or for ‘community spirit’ activities.

    Although the Community Foundation will not be able to offer support directly to individuals, it is keen to receive applications from any groups who can offer support to any affected individuals and families who are in genuine need and lack other resources or support (e.g. vulnerable older people).

    Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation said:

    “The devastating thing about the floods is that the effects are felt for a long time after the water and mud have been cleared up. This is where the Community Foundation’s funds can provide an enduring resource to support our communities as they recover and restart their normal life”

    Applications can be made at any time at

    http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply.

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