Leeds floods: City’s generosity shines to support flood victims

Cars under floodwater at Viaduct Road Kirkstall Road in Leeds after the River Aire burst its banks.  Picture Tony Johnson

Cars under floodwater at Viaduct Road Kirkstall Road in Leeds after the River Aire burst its banks. Picture Tony Johnson

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Readers have already raised thousands of pounds in a YEP backed appeal to help the Boxing Day flood victims.

More than £12,000 has now been raised by the Leeds Flood Appeal, which will help residents and business owners get back on their feet following the floods which devastated several areas of the city.

Tom Quinn and Sam Hutchison of Blueberry Hill Rehearsal Studios.

Tom Quinn and Sam Hutchison of Blueberry Hill Rehearsal Studios.

The appeal was launched last week by Leeds Community Foundation.

Chief Executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said the appeal would distribute funds and resources to help people get rebuild their homes, lives and livelihoods.

And she is urging even more people to show their support for the appeal.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and businesses over the past few days,” she said.

Sam Hutchison and Tom Quinn of Blueberry Hill Rehearsal Studios.

Sam Hutchison and Tom Quinn of Blueberry Hill Rehearsal Studios.

“Please keep sending in your donations so we can help as many people as possible.”

One Kirkstall Road business which has already benefitted from support from kind-hearted Leeds people is Blueberry Hill Recording Studios.

Owner Thomas Quinn was left devastated after the studio he has lovingly built up over the past few years was partly destroyed by floods – but a crowdfunding website and concert has already raised £3,454 towards recovery costs.

Thomas said: “After the floods, it took a long time for it all to sink in, and you have ups and downs, but the help has been amazing.

“It’s really overwhelming – we must have been doing something right.

“It’s not just the financial support that matters, the emotional support has given me confidence and renewed enthusiasm.

“All the money donated towards the Leeds Flood Appeal will go to a really good use.”

Many Leeds businesses were refused flood insurance, meaning they are faced with footing the enormous recovery bills either from their own pockets, or through generous donations.