Fund’s £43,000 aids Leeds’ flood fightback

Flooding in Kirkstall Road.
Flooding in Kirkstall Road.
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More than £43,000 has been raised to help the Leeds victims of the Boxing Day floods recover from the devastating deluge.

The YEP-backed Leeds Flood Relief Appeal has seen donations come in from across the country to support businesses, individuals and groups as they rebuild their lives.

Flood clear up at Open Source Arts Centre.

Flood clear up at Open Source Arts Centre.

Leeds Community Foundation, who launched the emergency appeal, said they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of donors who wanted to support the city’s fightback.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are extremely proud to support communities in Leeds and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people across the country.

“From large businesses to local schools and pubs - we really want to say a big thank you to everyone for their vital donations which help people who have been devastated by the floods.

“The Leeds Flood Appeal Grants Scheme is now open for applications.

Volunteers clear out Bridge Craft Interiors, Kirkstall Road.

Volunteers clear out Bridge Craft Interiors, Kirkstall Road.

“We want the public to help us spread the word to ensure those who need support can access grants to replace damaged goods and provide emergency repairs.”

Individual grants of up to £250 and community grants of up to £2,000 will be available - although applicants will be asked to give further details of their losses so that larger grants may be considered, if funds permit.

Priority will be given to households with children, older people or those with physical or learning disabilities.

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To donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/leeds-flood-relief-appeal.

Send a cheque made out to ‘Leeds Community Foundation Flood Appeal’ posted to: Leeds Flood Appeal, Leeds Community Foundation, First Floor, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.

Money donated will be distributed after an application process.

To apply for the fund visit www.leedscf.org.uk/leeds-flood-appeal-grants-scheme.

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