Rob shortlisted for technology ‘heroes’ award

Rob Holden
Rob Holden

When flood victims in the upper Calder Valley needed to share information quickly, Rob Holden knew how to galvanise community support.

He set up a Facebook group which allowed people to both offer and receive help and to exchange information and advice.

The group was instrumental in providing practical and financial support after the floods in June last year.

Now Rob has been nominated and shortlisted in the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013 for the Facebook group and the work that has been done to help people affected by flooding in the upper Calder Valley.

Rob, who lives in Sowerby and runs an IT business, said: “If successful we could win up to £10,000 in prize money which will be added to the money awarded by DEFRA to continue to develop an online system which will help inform and protect the community in times of flooding.

“Most people who know me personally will know that it has never been my intention to do any of the work I have done for the awards, fame or fortune.

“I have done it simply because I care about the Calder Valley and I know first hand what it’s like to lose everything in a flood.

“If my work over the last year has in some way made just one person’s life a little easier following a flooding event then I have achieved what I set out to do initially but there is so much more that can be and will be done.”

Rob is now urging people to vote for him in the Talk Talk Awards and encourage friends and family to do the same.

“If I win it’ll benefit everyone in the valley in the long run,” he said.

The group was initially called Calder Valley Flood Victims but now, with 2,600 members, it has been renamed Calder Valley Community Support to reflect a wider agenda.

To vote visit www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk/ click on ‘Vote now!’, click on the Yorkshire & Humber region on the map then click on VOTE under Rob’s entry.