Brief update as to where we are with things... (Stephen Michael Duncan)
When the Appeal was set up on Boxing Day with some money from the Community Foundation and an initial target of £100k we had no idea what the impact of the floods were. Very quickly we raised the target to £200k and yesterday to £300k.
Having now attended a couple of flood strategy meetings with Council leaders the true devastation caused by the floods is becoming much clearer with 2000 domestic properties affected and countless charitable organisations (e.g. Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club & Mytholmroyd Community Centre) and therefore the revised target needs to be raised again so that the support we give will be more than £200 and enough to make a tangible difference to those affected.
We have also been asked to accept donations for other areas affected by the floods in Yorkshire e.g. York & Leeds. Please be reassured that ALL donations made to the Appeal will used in Calderdale unless the donor clearly states that they wish the money to go elsewhere. I mention this because the gift from Morrisons is partly for the benefit of other areas and another significant Fund we hope to announce today will be similar.
Later today we will also be sharing some more positive news about a further significant boost to the Appeal fund.
Keep up the great work...