DIG deep to help your city recover from its worst flooding since the Second World War – that’s the message to Yorkshire Evening Post readers at the start of 2016.
The Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity today launched a fundraising appeal in the wake of the devastating floods that left hundreds of homes and businesses under water on Boxing Day.
LCF bosses say they appreciate insurance will cover many of the clean-up costs – but they are also keenly aware that people in the city need support NOW to pay for temporary accommodation, buy emergency supplies and replace ruined stock or equipment.
The YEP has thrown its weight behind the appeal, with editor Nicola Furbisher saying: “Almost a week ago our city saw flooding on an unprecedented scale.
“As the Aire broke its banks, surging across parts of the city, it washed away hopes, dreams and livelihoods.
“Many are now looking forward to a very difficult, stressful and frightening New Year.
“Fortunately we are a city of doers – and here’s a chance for all of us to help get involved and make a difference. Please give as generously as you can.”
LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “Having seen the pictures of devastation on the news and witnessed the scenes on Kirkstall Road, the city centre, Otley and other parts of Leeds, we wanted to do what we could to help those families, charities and businesses who have been affected by the terrible flooding.
“The appeal is being launched today to raise as much money as possible to support those who now need to start rebuilding their lives and their businesses.”
To donate to the fund, visit the www.justgiving.com/leeds-flood-relief-appeal website.
Donations can also be sent to the Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds LS1 2TE.
The LCF office will be open on Monday for people with any queries about the appeal.
Details will also be released next week on how to apply for support.