£1m appeal to help flood victims
More than £10,000 has been donated by the public after a £1 million appeal was launched to help people who have been affected by flooding across northern England caused by Storm Desmond.
The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015, launched by the Cumbria Community Foundation, aims to contribute to clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, childcare equipment and basic furniture for individuals and families who already struggle financially.
It has kicked off the appeal with a donation of £50,000 from its own funds and is asking people who can help to give generously.
Andy Beeforth, the foundation's chief executive, said: "We are still in the eye of the storm but we know that it appears the flooding is worse than in 2009 in some areas of the county. People will need financial help to rebuild and we want to have the means to do that.
"It is difficult to assess the scale of the need but we know that the flooding will cause significant financial hardship and emotional distress. We will be convening meetings with the major voluntary groups involved in the recovery and also with major providers of social housing to assess the impact on their tenants.
"You can donate by Just Giving at http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015, by sending a cheque made payable to Cumbria Community Foundation and sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN, or send a text to 70070 with the message 'FLUD15' and a monetary amount."
Priority for the funds will be given to households who have people aged over 70, aged under five, people with physical or learning difficulties or mental health needs or on a low income.
Details of how people can apply for an initial hardship grant of £500 will be released on Monday.