Flood appeal raises £14.6m

The funds, which include £7.3m of match funding from the government, will be used to help people on low incomes to recover from the winter floods

Floodin was widespread over the winter
Floodin was widespread over the winter

A campaign by community foundations to help people affected by the winter floods has raised £14.6m.

The umbrella body UK Community Foundations announced the total today, which includes £7.3m of match funding from the government.

The funds will be spent to help people on low incomes to recover from the floods and was also used to give out immediate relief grants to cover emergency costs during the floods for items such as shelter, food and clothing.

The total includes many large donations from businesses, including £175,000 from the retailer Walmart and £100,000 from the kitchen supplier Howdens.

Comic Relief also donated £250,000 to the appeal, UKCF said.

Community foundations in Cumbria, Calderdale, Leeds, Lancashire, York and North Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales all ran campaigns to raise funds for the appeal, with the Cumbria Community Foundation raising the most on £4.8m.

Fabian French, chief executive of UKCF, said the success of the appeal showed how strongly people and businesses felt about supporting their own communities.

"It is remarkable how much money has been raised in a short period of time to help people in very real need," he said. 

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