East Brent Parish Council

Flood Relief Special Newsletter -February 2014

FLOOD RELIEF SPECIAL eNEWSLETTER | February 2014

 

RESPONDING TO THIS WINTER’S CRISIS IN SOMERSET

The impact of the floods in Somerset is increasingly serious and critical. Yesterday we were delighted to welcome the very generous but essential donation of £25,000 from the Prince’s Countryside Fund following HRH the Prince of Wales’ visit to the Somerset Levels. With his support the amount donated to our Emergency Flood Relief Fund has risen to almost £100,000 towards our £150,000 target.

We still urgently need donations and pledges to make sure we can help those most affected when they need help. It is a rapidly changing situation, and with today’s severe flooding warnings from the Met Office in place, we need to able to respond swiftly and be ready to help local people and their communities recover.

 

We need strong communities at times like these and we are very grateful to everyone who has supported our appeals this winter. We applaud the community leaders ‘on the ground’ who make sure your financial support reaches those who need it most.

If you would like to know more about the Somerset Flood Relief Fund, please click here.

Help for Flood Victims

Thanks to the efforts of Village Agents, Parish Councils and local authorities we have awarded 40 emergency relief grants of £250 to households that have been flooded in Somerset. These grants are still available throughout the county.

Yesterday we launched Phase 2 grants to provide further support to those households most affected, directly and indirectly, by the ongoing crisis. Grants ranging from £150 to £1,000 are available to help meet the financial burden created by the situation. Households that have received emergency £250 grants may also apply for Phase 2 grants.

 

Details on how to apply for a grant can be found here, or please contact our team on 01749 344949.

Help for Microbusinesses

With the donation from the Prince’s Countryside Fund, we will soon be launching grants to local microbusinesses affected by flooding. If you run a microbusiness please email us at info@somersetcf.org.ukto register your interest with a brief outline of the impact you are experiencing.

Coping with the Cold Weather

Finally, as the weather grows colder, our Surviving Winter grants are still available to older people who struggle to afford to stay warm during the winter. Supported by over 340 people donating some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment, we have helped over 200 vulnerable older people so far.

 

Please click here for more information, or please contact our team on 01749 344949.

Ways to Donate
Online
You can make a secure donation online by visiting our JustGiving page here.
By Text
Donating by text message is a simple and fast way to give. Please text NOAH95 £(amount of donation up to £10) to 70070. Texts are free and the donation will be added to the payer's bill and must have the payer's permission.
By Phone
We are able to take donations over the phone during office hours (9-5:30). Please have your credit or debit card handy. You can reach the team on01749 344949.
Cheque
Please send your cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN.
Another Way to Help
To publicise the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund, we have produced a poster for local shops, offices, pubs and restaurants to display. 

Please help the campaign by downloading and printing the poster by clicking on the image below.
Many thanks for your continued support,

Justin Sargent
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