EDP launches Norfolk Flood Appeal to help stricken coastal communities in their hour of need

Floods. Norman Lamb MP visits Walcott to view the damage after the sea surges. Norman speaking to resident Jane Knapp.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. Norman Lamb MP visits Walcott to view the damage after the sea surges. Norman speaking to resident Jane Knapp. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Sunday, December 8, 2013
4:02 PM

The EDP is today launching an appeal to help those men, women, children and businesses who have seen their worlds turned up-side-down by Thursday’s devastating floods.

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Handelsbanken Norwich branch manager Ian Hall with Steve Downes of the EDP setting up EDP Norfolk Flood Appeal fund account. Photo: Steve AdamsHandelsbanken Norwich branch manager Ian Hall with Steve Downes of the EDP setting up EDP Norfolk Flood Appeal fund account. Photo: Steve Adams

We are kick-starting our EDP Norfolk Flood Appeal with a £1,000 donation, and we are challenging our readers to respond to our rallying cry, as they always have done in the past, and dig deep to help at this time of need.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover said: “The need on our coast is critical, and it is essential that emergency help reaches these stricken communities as soon as possible.

“There are many people who have suffered terrible loss, including some who have lost everything and, in some cases, who have no insurance.

“It is heartbreaking, and we cannot stand by and watch. That is why we have launched the EDP Norfolk Flood Appeal, and urge everybody to dig deep to help out their neighbours at their time of greatest need.

“We will kick-start the fund by donating £1,000, and will be working with all of the relevant agencies to bring help where and when it is needed most.”

Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP, walked through the ruined streets of the coastal community today to meet businesses and residents who are now having to piece their community back together.

Mr Lamb praised our campaign and pledged £100 to help kickstart the fundraising.

Speaking inside the home of Jane Kanpp, who’s beachfront home was wrecked by the storm surge, he said: “My appeal is to anyone just to put themselves in the shoes of these people, to realise how horrific a prospect it is now.

“They need help at the moment and I think if we could all club together we could make some difference for them.”

Fundraisers Nicola Lock and Jo Rennie are also donating to our appeal.

They were spurred into action when they heard about the damage to the homes and possessions of north Norfolk people as a result of the floods.

The pair, who live at Upper Sheringham, came up with the idea of donating the proceeds of a craft fair they organised at their local village hall today.

“So many people have been affected,” Mrs Lock said. “It is just happy memories gone into the sea, so we thought, well, let’s see what we can do to help.”

The craft fair included stalls selling handmade Christmas cards, wooden homewares, knitted items and homemade jams and preserves.

Stall fees, as well as profits from a cake stall run by Mrs Lock and Mrs Rennie and a raffle with prizes provided by stallholders, will be donated to the EDP’s flood appeal.

Cheques should be made out to The EDP Norfolk Flood Appeal, and can be sent or handed in to our head office in Norwich, or any of our district offices - see below for addresses.

Thank you very much for your support.

Norwich

Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE

Beccles

20 Blyburgate, Beccles, NR34 9TB

Cromer

31 Church Street, Cromer NR27 9ES

Dereham

Bond House, High St, Dereham NR19 1DZ

Diss

26 Mere Street, Diss IP22 4AD

Fakenham

22 Norwich Street, Fakenham NR21 9AE

Great Yarmouth

169 King Street, Yarmouth NR30 2PA

King’s Lynn

St Ann’s House, St Ann’s Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1LT

Lowestoft

147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB

14 comments

  • Can the £100 be claimed back as expenses?

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    ggj666

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • We can afford to both keep the foreign aid budget and put central government money to help coastal communities. Unfortunately the priorities of this government are the privatisation of public services to private companies and the priority of private companies is to make profits for their shareholders. Having sold what's left of the family silver, the government then has less control and less ability to act on the tax payers behalf.

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    pablo

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • There should be a campaign to get central government money to help the coastal communities of Norfolk to recover from this, rather than relying on charity donations. There should also be some coordinated thinking about sea defences, especially at Happisburgh, where the Lighthouse, church and pub are under long-term threat. The Netherlands seems to have successfully reclaimed land, why doesn't the British government think about at least preserving the land we've got. Money is obviously a key issue and a plethora of different authorities supposedly in charge of a coordinated policy just fiddle while the coast disappears. The environment Authority may be good at communicating warnings etc but it has proved absolutely useless at protecting the village of Hapisburgh.

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    pablo

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I don't know the exact properties in question, but I find it unbelievable than North Norfolk Council have granted planning consent to some of the newer properties in Walcott and surrounding area. They are just asking for trouble and should be called into question.

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    Old Long Balls

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • So where's the DEC in all this? Or don't they recognise such things as disasters happening on British soil? Are the rest of the world going to donate money like us Brits have been doing for disasters overseas for years? If the government don't grant NCC extra funding to help the poor people who've lost everything then I really do despair. I am sick of them falling over themselves to give all our money away to other countries, but when it's needed here they're just not interested - it's disgusting. Anyway, regardless of all that I still want to donate, because charity should begin at home. Why haven't the edp started a justgiving page? They will get a far greater response that way because people can spread the word at the click of a button, and donate money in a matter of seconds. Who on earth uses cheques these days?

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    Scorpiosally

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • No disrespect to the people of the Philipines and other places that have been hit by devastation but the government always seems to send aid to these people in need Should charity begin at home in this case the government sending aid to its own people in their hour of need

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    Darren Mallett

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • How pathetic, these slimy MPs will do anything for publicity. It's the job of councils - the ones Norman is cutting the budgets of - to pay for this.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • We hear that an mp has visited Walcott why has nobody come to visit the residents of beach road Bacton when we have had just as much devastation but nobody has been round to see how we have been coping. We feel really let down by this as we have just as much damage!!!! As shown in the pictures!

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    ShereeG

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • firstly i am sure norman lamb can afford it, he's in line for a pay rise now. secondly where is his newly elected councillor for walcott who promised to work hard for that village? thirdly how much has he cut flood defences?

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    Double Bill

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • One other question will "Handelsbanken Norwich" be making a donation to your fund for the very nice free advert they are getting?

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    ggj666

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Very disappointed with the national TV news (all channels) that they abandoned such a major British news story when the Mandela story broke... (And still now only give the story minor coverage, despite the suffering that has resulted). In spite of the national media's lack of attention, the plight of the Norfolk people affected by this major natural disaster is very much in the thoughts of a large number of the population... I live about as far away from the sea as you can in this country, but that doesn't stop me wanting to help. So glad to see that an appeal has been launched. Cheque on the way from Northamptonshire.

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    DaventryAnnie

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • we are told everyday we have equal rights and its good to compare . These people who have been made homeless should write to their local mp and demand they are put up in a top class hotel prefably used by premiership footballers at 125 pounds a night. Well that's what has happened in Manchester as hundreds of asylum seekers have taken over a top class hotel paid for by the local council . Google it

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    milecross

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Maybe our government could divert some of the £10 BILLION foreign aid budget to help the people of this country for a change!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • You'll need more banks. They're going to be busting at the seams with the £100 that Norm gave.

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    jeffbridges769

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

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