Published: November 27, 2012
Emergency aid available to flood victims across Somerset

A prominent charity and Somerset County Council have linked up to provide emergency grants to help people hit by severe flooding across the county.

Somerset Community Foundation wants to raise funds to help distressed families whose homes have been flooded.

The County Council has committed its support and is providing £50,000 from its emergency contingency fund to help get the campaign off the ground.

"This is a great idea where a successful charity and the County Council can work together to get emergency help direct to those people who need it most," said Cabinet Member David Hall.

"It is extremely distressing for people who have seen water pour into their homes. If we can ease the load slightly with some relatively small grants just to help them over the crisis, then that is important and we will react quickly to help."

Somerset Community Foundation made national headlines last year for a campaign in which it asked people who did not need their government winter fuel allowance to pass the grant over to the charity to then be used to help more vulnerable and needy residents.

"We thought that this is a crisis and we should do what we can to help," said the charity’s chief executive Justin Sargent.

"If we raise more money than can be used in the immediate future, we would look at larger grants to those people hit hardest by the floods, and even to the other charities and groups that can support them."

"The campaign will be part of the existing ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign. Somerset people are so generous and I’m sure anyone who has seen the pictures on TV over the past week will know how much upset flooding can cause."

"The £50,000 from Somerset County Council is a fantastic contribution, but we are looking for more donations to add to the fund."

Anyone interested in donating to the charity fund can do so online at or text a donation to WARM44 £ and then the amount of donation they would like to give to text number 70070.

For further details on how to make a claim if you have been affected by flooding, check out

Pictured: The flooding in the village of Mark, near Burnham, this week


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