Community foundations raise more than £4.5m for flood victims

According to UK Community Foundations, Cumbrian and Lancashire community foundations have raised more than £4m themselves, including £1m government match-funding

Flooding: there are 28 flood warnings and 156 flood alerts in England and Wales
Flooding: there are 28 flood warnings and 156 flood alerts in England and Wales

Community foundations have raised more than £4.5m over the past month for the victims of the winter floods, according to UK Community Foundations.

Cumbria Community Foundation launched the first flood appeal on 5 December. Since then, further appeals have been launched by the community foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Two Ridings, which covers the areas of Leeds and York.

UK Community Foundations, the membership body for community foundations, has also launched a national UK Winter Flood Appeal that will disburse money to member foundations in areas affected by the floods.

There are 28 flood warnings in place for England and Wales, and a further 156 flood alerts, according to UK Community Foundations.

Cumbria and Lancashire community foundations have raised the majority of the money so far, bringing in more than £4m. This includes £1m government match-funding to help communities recover from the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

A spokesman for UK Community Foundations told Third Sector that community foundation appeals had collectively raised more than £4.5m.

Fabian French, chief executive of UK Community Foundations, said in a statement: "Homes, businesses and voluntary groups have been devastated by the floods and are in urgent need of support. This has taken the immediate form of funding for clean-up operations, emergency repairs, clothing, food, water, heating and childcare. In the long-term, community foundations will also provide grants for rebuilding projects.

"It is vital that we do all we possibly can to channel funds to the relevant community foundations where they can do the most good."

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