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Declared Cumbria’s worst ever flooding incident, Storm Desmond brought record-breaking rainfall to the county on the 4th-5th December 2015. More than 5,500 households and 1,000 business properties were flooded; thousands of people were left homeless; vital infrastructure was devastated.

Cumbria Community Foundation launched the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal on the 5th December 2015. It has to date raised an incredible £10.3m in support of those affected directly or indirectly by storm damage and flooding in December 2015. The response from across the UK was overwhelming: £1m was raised in 5 days and over 35,000 donations have been received from members of the public, hundreds of fundraising events, local businesses, philanthropists, charitable trusts and funders. Government has provided £4.7m match funding.

The basis on which the appeal has been launched is contained in the Appeal Document.