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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Almost three weeks after devastating floods hit Norfolk and Suffolk’s coastal communities, money is still coming in to the EDP’s Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal – taking it well past the £150,000 mark.
Businesses and individuals are still rallying to the cause, as the money begins to reach people in need in places including Walcott, Hemsby and Lowestoft.
The coast was hit hard on the evening of December 5, when spring tides and a storm that descended from the north-west combined to trigger flooding that wrecked many houses and caused damage valued at millions of pounds.
In the immediate aftermath, the EDP launched its flood appeal – and the money has just kept on coming.
Among the latest donations, the Yorkshire Building Society is donating £5,000 to the appeal and will accept donations at any of its 230 Yorkshire, Chelsea or Norwich and Peterborough building society branches across the UK.
The account was launched at the N&P’s Castle Mall branch in Norwich on Friday with Graham Tuttle, of the Norfolk Community Foundation, Labour MEP Richard Howitt, government minister and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis and Simon Wright, MP for Norwich South.
An N&P spokesman said: “As the Norwich and Peterborough building society has several branches across the flood affected areas a lot of our own staff and members have been affected and we wanted to offer our help to the appeal.
“The team at N&P Lowestoft branch stayed open throughout the weekend of December 5/6 despite having no power and serving customers by torchlight.
“The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is donating £5,000 to the appeal immediately and we have made it possible for members of the public to call into any of the 230 Yorkshire, Chelsea or Norwich and Peterborough building society branches across the country and make a donation to the Norfolk Community Foundation account in aid of the appeal.”
Engineering firm BAM Nuttall, from Shipdham near Dereham, has donated £2,000.
A spokesman said: “Having worked in some of the locations affected by the tidal surge, we are pleased to help towards making a difference to the people in all the communities left devastated by it.”
Meanwhile, Aviva has also pledged £1,000 to the appeal.
An Aviva spokesman said: “We know the devastation that flooding can cause to homes and communities. As a local business with staff and customers living and working here we are pledging £1,000 to the EDP appeal to help those hardest hit get back on their feet.”