‘Phenomenal’ response to Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal

The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015
The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015

The outpouring of support towards the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal has been hailed as phenomenal by its organisers, the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

The appeal, set up as the floods hit on Boxing Day, has now reached £306,000 and is still rising.

It has been announced that donations to the flood appeal of up to £2m will be matched pound for pound by the Government.

The Calderdale Flood Relief Rund, managed by the foundation, is for the benefit of individuals, charities and community groups only.

Businesses will be supported through the Local Authority and a new fund to launch through Business for Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance.

This money will be eligible for match funding until January 18.

Chief Executive Officer, Steve Duncan, said: “The support from people in Calderdale and from across the country has been absolutely amazing.

“We set the appeal up with nothing and after one day it had reached £25,000. It has been absolutely phenonemal. If you look at the screen, it changes all the time.

“We have processed around 500 to 700 applications from householders which will be going to people on Thursday and Friday.

“Let’s make the most of this government match funding if you can give something - no matter how big or small.”

Many white goods have also been donated and Mr Duncan praised the work of volunteers who worked across Christmas to process applications.

He added: “We have had around 20 volunteers who came into our office over the Christmas break, they just came in, they were trained up and began processing applications.

“I would just like to say thank you to them for their work.

“We’d also like to work with local epople to create a legacy. If this happens again, we would like a reasonable amount of money which we can get to straight away.”

Mr Duncan thanked the businesses who have helped with the flood appeal, including Harveys Department Store, Marks and Spencer, Matalan and Ikea.

The foundation also asks that if you are planning a fundraising event to let them know, as offline activities could also be match funded.

To donate, visit localgiving.com/appeal/flooding