September 2 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The emergency fund to help the victims of Fakenham’s worst fire in living memory is now open for applications, with more than £10,000 available thanks to the generosity of townspeople and local businesses.
The EDP and Fakenham and Wells Times’ joint Let’s Fight For Fakenham appeal smashed its initial target in just 15 days, following the blaze which ripped through the Market Place on May 25.
Now, those worst affected can apply for emergency grants up to a maximum of £2,000. The fund is open to individuals or families whose home has been destroyed or damaged; employees who have lost income; affected businesses, community/voluntary organisations or social enterprises; and organisations providing support services to those affected.
The applications will be assessed by staff at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) with recommendations made to the Norfolk Community Foundation, which will administer the grants.
NNDC chief executive Sheila Oxtoby hopes applications could be agreed and paid within two weeks – or within days for the most urgent cases. She said: “We have been working very hard with the EDP and the Norfolk Community Foundation to make sure the processes and the governance are in place so we can start spending this money where it is needed.
“Those people who we already know were displaced from their homes will be contacted by us directly. But we don’t want to make assumptions that we have captured everybody that has been affected. There are people who may have had personal belongings in any of those properties which were not covered by insurance, and the fire has damaged businesses in a lot of different ways.”
EDP editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover said: “We have been delighted to see the community’s response, and this is what makes Norfolk great – that we can raise money and spend it on the victims very quickly.”
• Forms can be downloaded from www.northnorfolk.org/council/news.asp or www.norfolkfoundation.com/Fakenham-Fire-Appeal.htm
• Printed forms will also be available from the EDP’s Fakenham office in Norwich Street and at the Fakenham Connect offices on Oak Street.
• For help with applications contact NNDC officers Rob Young on 01263 516162 or Lisa Grice on 01263 516164.