More than £100,000 raised for EDP flood appeal for Norfolk and Lowestoft

A team of volunteers working hard clearing Pakefield beach of rubbish. A team of volunteers working hard clearing Pakefield beach of rubbish.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
9:30 AM

The EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal has smashed the £100,000 barrier thanks to the astonishing generosity of our readers.

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News that our kind-hearted readers have helped to raise more than £100,000 for the appeal comes only a week after we launched the high profile fund-raising campaign to help people who have been left stricken by the devastating tidal surge.

Nigel Pickover, EDP editor, said: “We have been astonished and humbled by the overwhelming response to our appeal. In difficult times, our readers have once again dug deep to make a real and immediate difference to people in their time of need.”

And as it was confirmed that the EDP’s appeal had touched so many people’s hearts by raising more than £100,0000, it was revealed the first tranche of money is ready to be sent out to communities which were battered by the tidal surge.

Yesterday saw £11,243.71 being transferred from the appeal fund in the Handelsbanken bank in Norwich to the Norfolk Community Foundation which will send the money out to people and charity and community groups in need.

The Norfolk Community Foundation will send out the donations after individuals and groups have filled in an application form with officials from either Norfolk District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Waveney District Council.

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation, said it was “tremendous” news that the first tranche of appeal money had been handed over for distribution to those in need.

Mr Tuttle said: “We hope we can make a difference to those affected by the floods by Christmas and this money gives us a real opportunity to do that.

“We want to get money out of the doors and out there to the communities affected. I would like to see the fund help between 100 and 200 people.

“The four councils have signed off the application forms for individual and community groups. People will be able to apply for support through their local borough or district council.”

On Friday Mr Pickover and council leaders met to thrash out the details on how our appeal money will be sent to those in need via the Norfolk Community Foundation in a matter of a few days.

Yesterday we revealed the EDP’s publisher Archant has put in £7,500 into the appeal pot, helping to push it past the £100,000 mark.

Are you organising fund-raising event for the EDP Flood Appeal? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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