Downing Street reception for flood charities

The Government is to publicly recognise charities that have raised a combined total of about £10m to help victims of last summer's floods.

Almost 50,000 houses and 7,000 businesses were flooded after England and Wales suffered their wettest summer since records began in 1766. The subsequent recovery operation was one of the biggest since the Second World War.

Floods recovery minister John Healey said he would hold an official Downing Street reception next month for the local and national organisations that have raised funds over the last year.

Among those to be recognised will be the Red Cross, which has raised £4.8m, the Rotary Flood Disaster Appeal (£1m), the Gloucestershire Flood Relief Fund (£1.8m) and the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (£1.5m).

Healey said: "The charities have shown compassion, creativity, resilience and a commitment to help out those hit by the floods. They deserve our thanks.

"Special mention should also go to local media," he added. "There is no doubt that their support for these campaigns played a big part in boosting the appeals."

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