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Emergency Storm Fund raised over £130,000

25 April 2014

Julia McIntosh's home during a storm.jpg

The recent sunny weather and spring temperatures make it easy to forget that the storms this winter affected many communities all across Cornwall. People suffered flood damage to their properties and in many cases were displaced from their homes. Following the weeks of torrential rain and strong winds, communities in many areas of Cornwall needed urgent help, both in the immediate and in the long term.

The CCF is very grateful for the generosity of those who donated to the Emergency Storm Relief.  CCF raised £132,000 during the appeal and has to date distributed over £70,000 to individuals and community groups who were severely affected in Cornwall by the winter storms. The Foundation has supported nearly 100 individuals in the last two months and is working with organisations such as the Fishermen’s Mission.

Tamas Haydu Development Director of the CCF said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the generous help from individuals and Cornish businesses, this is such a wonderful expression of support and shows just how strongly people feel for their neighbours, friends and communities when disaster strikes.’

The CCF received £50,000 from Wren Living, the UK’s fastest growing kitchen, bedroom and furniture retailer. Wren Living Creative Director Linda Barker said: “The recent storms have resulted in some truly tragic days for a lot of people and unfortunately the recovery process will be a long one. Hopefully this donation will go some way in helping those who have affected.”

38 Degrees, the not-for-profit organisation that campaigns on a wide range of issues, have supported several Community Foundations in the South West and have 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 Cornwall raised over £13,000 for the Emergency Storm Fund. 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”.

Seasalt, the Cornish fashion company 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.’

An incredible fundraising concert organised by Alan Dibb raised over £600 for the Storm Fund on 16 March at The Seahorse Centre at Pentewan Sand Holiday Park. The evening of singing included fantastic performances from Carclaze Community Choir, NoteAbility, Cornish Connection and Press Gang.

All money raised by the Cornwall Community is spent in Cornwall, delivering grants directly to individuals and community groups in an emergency crisis situation. The CCF welcomes further applications, application forms and further details are available on our website.