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Emergency Fund welcomes applications

28 February 2014

The Cornwall Community Foundation is very grateful to the generosity of those who donated to the Emergency Storm Relief.  CCF raised over £25,000 during the first week of the appeal and now welcomes applications from individuals and community groups who were severely affected in Cornwall by the recent storms. Individuals can apply for up to £250 cash support, and community groups for up to £1,000. The application forms and further details are available on our home page.

Following the weeks of torrential rain and strong winds there are many areas of Cornwall where whole communities are in urgent need of help, both in the immediate and in the long term. People have suffered from flood damage to their properties and in many cases have been displaced from their homes and also whole livelihoods have been affected.

The CCF is still appealing for donations to the Emergency Storm Fund to help local people and their communities to get back on their feet. All money raised through the CCF will be spent in Cornwall, delivering grants directly to people in an emergency crisis situation. The CCF is working with Cornwall Council and other agencies on the front-line who will be referring particular cases to the CCF, both individuals and community organisations/voluntary groups, so the donations are used most effectively.

We need strong communities at times like these and the response from the people of Cornwall has been incredible. Despite this we still urgently need donations and pledges as the damage caused is immense.

The Cornwall Community Foundation is a charity distributing grants to local people supporting local projects. We raise funds to support many community causes including the emergency fund.   Members of the public and business community who would like to help in this crisis can donate to the fund by

Seasalt, the Cornish fashion company has kindly donated £500 to the Emergency Storm Fund. Rosie Stevenson from Seasalt said ‘With the majority of our shops in coastal locations, we’ve been at the heart of many southwest coastal communities for years and we really wanted to do something to support those people who have lost their precious personal belongings or had their homes damaged by the recent tides and rain. Our thoughts really go out to everyone who’s been affected by the storms.’

38 Degrees, the not-for-profit organisation that campaigns on a wide range of issues, has supported several Community Foundations in the South West and has donated an incredible £15,000 to the emergency fund. Becky Jarvis from 38 Degrees said ‘Lots of 38 Degrees members from across the country wanted to come together to do whatever they could to support the victims of the devastating floods. One of the first things we were able to do together was to chip in to support the relief efforts across the UK by raising money quickly for the charities working on the ground. We hope that the money is able to make the lives of those affected a little bit easier.’

Tesco stores across four South West towns are uniting to help raise money for the victims of the flooding and storms which has devastated the region. Customers in Cornwall are being encouraged to go to their local store to help make a difference to local communities in need.

Shoppers will be able to donate which will be collected in-store and distributed to CCF.

Community Champion Shelley Vanstone in Launceston who helped to organise the collection, said “As soon as we heard about the flooding, we wanted to do everything we could to help. We hope that our customers will display their generosity and show the strength of the community in the South West”.