March 14 2014 Latest news:
Friday, December 20, 2013
The EDP appeal to help those hit by the recent floods in Norfolk and Suffolk has risen to a staggering £140,000 - and now work is underway to decide where that cash will be spent.
Since the floods swept through the region two weeks ago hundreds of people have backed an EDP-led campaign to help those affected.
The fund is being managed by the Norfolk Community Foundatio, but yesterday the EDP and the three district and borough councils for the affected areas – Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council and Waveney District Council – met to discuss ways they can help people who might need support.
All three councils have said they will speak to those affected and provide information they require and to ensure that any hardship payments can be made to them as quickly as possible.
Trevor Wainwright, Yarmouth leader, said: “The borough council has a key role in helping to administer the appeal fund within the borough. And as the impact on the borough is relatively isolated, officers will be visiting those who could be eligible to encourage them to apply for a grant.
“The borough council encourages the generous Great Yarmouth residents to continue donating to the appeal. And forms detailing how to donate will be available in the Town Hall. In addition to supporting the appeal, the borough council is doing much on the ground to assist those hardest hit by the tidal surge in the Great Yarmouth borough.”
Colin Law, Waveney leader, said: “The reaction has been amazing and it really shows that, in times of adversity, the British public has an inbuilt ability to rally round and support each other.
“The publicity that the EDP has given to those who have been affected has really galvanised support for people who deserve some genuine Christmas cheer. We have council teams out and about delivering application forms and explaining how people can apply. We really hope that this appeal can make a difference.”
North Norfolk leader Tom FitzPatrick, added: “It is astonishing how quick and generous people have been to give to the Appeal, wanting to help those in no position to help themselves. In addition to overseeing the on-going emergency repairs and clean-up North Norfolk District Council will also be working hard with its appeal partners to ensure that everyone in need is provided for.”
If you wish to donate to the flood appeal, please visit www.edp24.co.uk/floods or call 01603 628311. Contact your local council if you wish to speak to them about applying for one of the grants.