Lord Lieutenant thanks county in reaching Flood Appeal £1 million mark

The Community Foundation for Lancashire’s President Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire publicly thanked everyone yesterday who has contributed to the Lancashire Flood Recovery Appeal at an Appeal event in Whalley. On the Flood Appeal’s four-month anniversary on 8 April the Community Foundation announced reaching the £1 million mark for communities affected by the floods last December.

The Appeal event took place as a part of the campaign to acknowledge the coming together of communities and businesses across Lancashire, especially in the Whalley area that was severely affected by flooding. It was also to announce the Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal achievement of reaching £1 million due to Government match funds.

The Appeal event at Whalley Village Hall gave the opportunity to publicly acknowledge all those people and organisations who have donated funds to the Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal and to recognise fellow Lancastrians who have helped each other at this time of need. Guests were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Charles Shuttleworth, who gave his personal thanks to everyone involved in the Community Foundation and its Flood Appeal.
Lord Shuttleworth said; “We are delighted to have reached £1 million in funds raised which is a phenomenal achievement. Lancashire has a long history of philanthropic endeavours whose influence can still be seen today.  There have been many generations of philanthropic Lancastrians who have supported people in need and grown the prosperity of our towns and cities for the better. The recent flooding has seen this Lancastrian community spirit continue.”

The Community Foundation has distributed £490,000 so far from the Flood Appeal to over 220 households in the greatest need as well as community groups who have supported local recovery work. The Flood Appeal’s work continues in supporting highly vulnerable people and households in situations of hardship, and charitable funding applications can be made via www.lancsfloodappeal.org.uk

Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Lancashire added; “We are humbled and honoured to support thousands of people who have been affected by December’s flooding. We are also grateful to the huge support we have received from all those who have donated, including the general public, companies and trusts. We now continue our work to support those communities still affected many months on.”

The general public and companies can donate online via the Appeal’s website at www.lancsfloodappeal.org.uk to support the Flood Appeal’s further work for Lancashire. You can donate immediately to the Lancashire Flood Appeal by texting LFLD15 and your donation amount (e.g. £10) to 70070. Alternatively, you can donate directly online by visiting our dedicated webpage https://mydonate.bt.com/events/lancsfloodappeal

Further details on the availability of community group grants from the Flood Appeal will be announced by the Community Foundation by early May.
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