aid available to flood victims across Somerset
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.
County Council has committed its support and is providing £50,000
from its emergency contingency fund to help get the campaign off
"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
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."
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 charitys chief executive Justin
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
"The campaign will be part of the existing Surviving
Winter campaign. Somerset people are so generous and Im
sure anyone who has seen the pictures on TV over the past week
will know how much upset flooding can cause."
£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 www.somersetcf.org.uk or text a donation to WARM44 £
and then the amount of donation they would like to give to text
For further details on how to make a claim if you have been affected
by flooding, check out www.somersetcf.org.uk.
The flooding in the village of Mark, near Burnham, this week