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Generous help for flood victims

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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MORE than £130,000 has been raised in donations to help people affected by the winter flooding in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) raised £132,000 and has so far distributed nearly £60,000 to those in need.

The foundation has supported nearly 100 individuals in the past two months and is working with organisations such as the Fishermen's Mission.

Oliver Baines, chief executive of the CCF, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the generous help from individuals and Cornish businesses. This is such a wonderful expression of support and shows just how strongly people feel for their neighbours, friends and communities when disaster strikes."

The CCF received £50,000 from kitchen, bedroom and furniture retailer Wren Living, whose creative director Linda Barker said: "The storms resulted in some truly tragic days for a lot of people and unfortunately the recovery process will be a long one. Hopefully this donation will go some way in helping those who have been affected."

Not-for-profit campaign organisation 38 Degrees donated £15,000 to the emergency fund.

Becky Jarvis from the organisation said: "We hope that the money is able to make the lives of those affected a little bit easier."

Tesco stores across Cornwall raised more than £13,000 and Falmouth-based fashion company Seasalt donated £500.

Rosie Stevenson from Seasalt said: "With the majority of our shops in coastal locations, we've been at the heart of many South West coastal communities for years and really wanted to do something to support those people who have lost their precious personal belongings or had their homes damaged by the recent tides and rain. Our thoughts really go out to everyone who's been affected by the storms."

To apply for funding from the foundation or to obtain further details, go to the organisation's website at www.cornwallfoundation.com

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