Facebook site set up by Rob gets community spirit and modern technology working to help

Rob Holden, who set up the Facebook site to help Todmorden and Hebden Bridge flooding victims
Rob Holden, who set up the Facebook site to help Todmorden and Hebden Bridge flooding victims

IMMEDIATELY after the dreadful flooding of last week, old fashioned community spirit married up with very modern social media to help people start getting back on their feet.

Rob Holden was travelling home to Sowerby from Walsden and having witmnessed some of the damage wanted to try and do something to help the victims of the flood.

He set up a Facebook group with a view to it being a hub for people who needed help and people offering their help/services.

Rob, who runs an IT business, realised that a Facebook Group would be one of the best ways for people to give and ask for help.

The group now has 2,000-plus members. It’s a forum where people can exchange information and advice and which puts people who need help in touch with those who can provide it.

To make contact, go on to Facebook and type in Calder Valley Flood Victims.

Its full address is http://www.facebook.com/groups/311791578914796/

Rob says: “I’ve been really knocked out by how people have come together. Many of the people who are providing help are flood victims themselves,” he says.

“I remember the big flood at Walsden in the ‘80s when my own family lost everything, so I felt as though I had to do something.”

He says he remembers one of his parents’ neighbours from that time. “She’s now a pensioner, but she was one of the first to donate food. This really restores your faith in communities and in human nature.”