How you can support the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal

Handelsbanken Norwich branch manager Ian Hall with EDP news editor Steve Downes setting up the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal fund account. Photo: Steve Adams Handelsbanken Norwich branch manager Ian Hall with EDP news editor Steve Downes setting up the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal fund account. Photo: Steve Adams

Monday, December 9, 2013
6:05 AM

EDP has launched a huge and ongoing appeal for stricken communities in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

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Today your EDP launches a huge and ongoing appeal for stricken communities in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

When, last Friday, we stood back from the tidal surge that swept through our counties, we were overjoyed no lives had been lost.

But quickly we knew we had to help those who have seen their worlds turned upside down by Thursday’s devastating floods.

So we’re leading the region’s fightback with a massive appeal – the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal.

To get the fund-raising for time-critical need going, we have put £1,000 into the fund, and last night that was matched with a donation from the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Today, the EDP issued a clarion call to businesses and individuals across Norfolk and Suffolk: Do whatever you can to help.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover said: “We kick-started the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal with a £1,000 donation, which has been matched by the Norfolk Community Foundation, and urge readers to respond to the rallying cry, as they always do.

“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 and Lowestoft Flood Appeal, and urge everybody to dig deep to help out their neighbours at their time of greatest need.”

There are three ways to donate:

Fill in the form in today’s EDP, with a cheque made payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation, into their offices at St James Mill, Whitefriars, in Norwich. If you are a UK tax payer, a tick for Gift Aid will add 25pc per donation;

• Click here to download the donation form

Via the EDP head office, at Prospect House, Norwich – or any branch office – or Handelsbanken on Prince of Wales Road with cheques made payable to EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal;

By visiting the offices of North Norfolk District Council in Cromer. If you do this, cheques should be made payable to NNDC.

An option to donate online shall be coming soon.

Two Government ministers – Norfolk MPs Norman Lamb and Brandon Lewis – immediately added their own personal £100 donations.

Mr Pickover added: “Let’s hope and pray our incredible Norfolk and Suffolk businesses can find it in their hearts to spare £500 each to swell these coffers.

“We want to give hope where currently there is little, or none.”

If you cannot send any money, you can also give clothes at EDP offices.

And keep checking the EDP website, where we will soon enable people to make their donations electronically.

Thank you very much for your support and generosity.

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