Donations sought for flood relief fund

Online pressure group 38 Degrees has launched an appeal for cash to support flood relief operations across the UK, and is asking for your help.

Local charities have swung into action to help those people affected by flooding in many areas of the country. The team at 38 Degrees have been in touch with many groups, and asked what help they need – and the answer in most cases has been – money.

In response, the website has launched an appeal for funds to support the activity on the ground.

38 Degrees staff will work with local charities around the UK to make sure your donation goes straight to the worst hit areas. Donations will help families and communities get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Mary Hancock, deputy chief executive of the Somerset Community Foundation, said:

“As a community foundation our role is to work with grassroots groups to make sure the relief money is going where it is so desperately needed. Donations from 38 Degrees members would be so valuable right now. We will work alongside 38 Degrees staff and our network of community foundations to rebuild flood affected communities.”

Money donated to the relief fund will be used to:

– Provide emergency relief grants to people whose homes have been flooded to meet the immediate financial burdens of moving out, pumping and drying, and emergency repairs.

– Help those who face additional financial burdens as a result of the flooding, for example through loss of earnings.

– Support local small businesses, charities and community organisations to ensure their survival and swift recovery.

– Support counselling and community services to help people cope with the emotional stress caused by the flooding in the short and medium term.

For more details and to donate online, log on to the 38 Degrees website.