A major incident was declared in Cumbria, after Storm Desmond brought record-breaking rainfall to the county on the 4th and 5th of December 2015. It has been declared Cumbria’s worst ever flooding incident. More than 5,500 households and 1,000 business properties were flooded; thousands of people were left homeless. Launched by Cumbria Community Foundation on 5th December 2015, the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal raised funds to directly support individuals and families in hardship and vital community organisations and resident groups in the areas affected by Storm Desmond.
The Appeal was kick-started by the Community Foundation with a £50,000 donation from its own funds. Within 24 hours the Appeal had raised £100,000. Since then donations have been received from members of the public, local businesses, philanthropists and charitable trusts and funders. The appeal currently stands at £10.3m. It has been the Foundation’s fourth and most successful disaster appeal.
The basis on which the appeal has been launched is contained in the Appeal Document.