Foundation for Wakefield District fundraising effort needs your help…


Community Foundation for Wakefield District is joining the efforts to raise much needed funds for people devastated by the recent floods in Cumbria.

The Cumbria Community Foundation set up the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund on November 20th, the morning after the devastating floods began. Donations have already started to be received from across the UK, which will go to help community groups who are running projects to help those left homeless and without possessions.

Although the fund currently stands at more than £720,000, every donation, large or small is still needed and Community Foundation for Wakefield District is hoping people in the Wakefield area will support the efforts by making donations.  

Although the towns of Cockermouth, Workington and Keswick were worst hit, there have been pockets of flooding across other areas Cumbria, with several rivers bursting their banks.  

Community Foundation for Wakefield District’s Chief Executive, Shona Walsh said: “We know that people in our district will have been touched by the devastation we have seen on our television sets and we are delighted to be able to support our colleagues in Cumbria who are directing the funds to the people who need help now and the communities that will need help to recover”.

Deb Muscat, acting director at Cumbria Community Foundation, added: “The response from the public is fantastic, and it is great to know even people from many miles away are thinking about Cumbria at this difficult time. We have had donations and even fundraising events from as far away as Kent. Now the kind offer of help from The Community Foundation for Wakefield District to take donations locally is a great boost. We’re really grateful to the staff and volunteers there for helping out.”

The Fund will help people with emergency supplies, such as clothes, food, children’s materials and other essential items. The much needed donations will also be used to help fund community groups who are offering  advice, information, counselling, and activities to those affected by the flooding.”

Those wishing to help and support those families affected by the flooding can log on to http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/ or send cheques to:- Community Foundation for Wakefield DistrictRoom B29, Wakefield College, Margaret Street, Wakefield WF1 2DH.

Or for more information, please contact Shona Walsh, Chief Executive on

01924 789 166 or swalsh@communityfoundationwakefield.co.uk

Useful information:

1:         Community Foundation for Wakefield District is part of a national network

of 57 community foundations working to strengthen communities by connecting donors with local organisations that are able to use their donations to great effect.

2:         The Community Foundation for Wakefield District was formed in 2007 and became an active grant maker in September 2008.

            Registered Charity No:  11217884

            Company Ltd by Guarantee No:  6236043

3:         Contact Details – Community Foundation for Wakefield

            Room B29, Wakefield College, Margaret Street, Wakefield WF1 2DH

            Tel:      01924 789 166

            Fax:     01924 789 340

            Email:  swalsh@communityfoundationwakefield.co.uk

            Web:    www.communityfoundationwakefield.co.uk

4:         The Cumbria Community Foundation is currently responsible for coordinating

            the Cumbria Emergency Relief Fund.  Contact details:-

            Cumbria Community Foundation

            Dovenby Hall

Cocokermouth

CA13 0PN

Tel:      01900 825 760

Fax:    01900 826 527

Email: enquiries@cumbriafoundation.org

Web:   www.cumbriafoundation.org

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