Flood Appeal awards £2.5m in 12 weeks

2nd March 2016

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal has given out almost £2.5 million to people across the county affected by December’s devastating floods.

£300,000 of which has gone to community groups to help rebuild and replace sporting and social facilities, support food banks, replace life saving equipment and provide practical and emotional support for people affected across Cumbria.

So far £5.7 million pounds has been raised for the appeal and the charity’s chief executive says people across Cumbria will be helped financially for many months yet.

Andy Beeforth said: “Two thousand households have been helped so far, some more than once. I’d like to encourage people to apply for a grant as and when they need it. We know from the last floods that it takes many months before people get back in their homes and need help to cover costs that they haven’t anticipated as well of the costs they do. Group applications are being considered once a month and once again, I’d encourage community groups who need help to apply.”

Groups can apply online and the closing date for the panel meeting on 19 April is 8 April.

Community groups which have already been awarded grants include:

In Allerdale

£4,000 – for a drop-in centre at Greta Gardens for Keswick Flood Action Group
£2,000 – for flood relief and prevention at Wigton Baths Trust
£15,000 – to replace junior non-turf wicket and practice area
£10,000 – supporting recovery from the floods at The Kirkgate Arts Centre
£10,000 – flood recovery project for Keswick Football Club
£10,000 – flood rescue equipment for Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat
£10,000 – The Bridge Cafe, King’s Church, Cockermouth
£1,048 – replacement kit for Keswick and District Community First Responders
£10,000 – restoration of club and bowling green for Fitz Park Bowling Green, Keswick
£15,000 – replacement walkway at YHA Keswick
£15,000 – flood advice and support for Citizen Advice Allerdale

In Carlisle

£15,000 – to support lost revenue while Carlisle Youth Zone is being rebuilt
£15,000 – flood repairs for Botcherby Community Centre
£4,500 – restoring allotments for Willowholme Allotment Society
£5,000 – replacing flood damaged staging at Crosby on Eden Parish Hall
In Copeland

£11,052 – to repair the pitch at Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club

In Eden

£500 – riverside restoration for Appleby Chamber of Trade
£5,393 – flood damage repair, Lazonby and District Swimming Pool Association
£5,940 – renovation support for Appleby Scout Group
£2,000 – hosting Eden Flood Volunteers, Eden Arts Trust
£10,000 – damage repair for Patterdale Parish Council
£5,000 – county flood recovery for Eden Flood Volunteers

In South Lakeland

£12,050 – for a flood co-ordination officer for Age UK South Lakeland
£15,000 – flood restoration work at IBIS Sports and Social Club
£15,000 – for a Flood Relief Centre Manager at King’s Food Bank, Kendal
£5,000 – flood damage restoration for Ambleside Bowling Club
£5,000 – flood relief for The Armitt Library and Museum Centre
£15,000 – flood relief co-ordinators for Sandylands Methodist Church
£623 – direction signs following the floods at Staveley with Ings Parish Church
£15,000 – emotional support and counselling for those affected by floods, South Lakeland Mind
£11,325 – replacement jetty at YHA Ambleside
£20,000 – flood recovery co-ordinators for British Red Cross across Cumbria

You can donate by Just Giving http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015

Or 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. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10.’

The Flood Recovery Fund 2015 is open to anyone whose home has suffered significant structural damage or flooding or people who have lost work or income because of the storm or flood.

It has provided support for – cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.