Red Rose Floods Appeal To Begin Funds Distribution
Communities affected by the Boxing Day floods in Lancashire will start to receive funds from the Red Rose Floods Appeal this week.
Lancashire County Cricket Club joined forces with the LCCC Foundation and Lancashire Cricket Board to launch the appeal to help communities and cricket clubs that suffered from the floods as a result of the storms that hit the region last month.
The initial target of £10,000 was met within days of the appeal being announced which prompted the appeal to increase its target to £20,000.
LCCC also reached out to the family of sponsors and partners associated with the Club for donations and many were able to support including Yorkshire Tea, the Official Brew of England Cricket, who kindly donated to the appeal, which is currently approaching £15,000 including offline donations.
An initial £5,000 will also be donated to the ‘Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Appeal’ led by Community Foundation for Lancashire to support vulnerable people and households in hardship who have been victims of flooding since December 2015. The Community Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1068887) and a Quality Accredited Community Foundation that has been leading the support of communities affected by flooding in the county since early December.
By donating, LCCC has joined a number of high profile and strategic partners working with the Community Foundation on the Lancashire Flood Appeal, including Lancashire County Council and the Daily Mail. The Community Foundation for Lancashire will distribute the funds to individuals and families in need by providing grants for uninsured households to help with clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, childcare equipment and basic furniture.
Another £5,000 will be distributed to community cricket clubs that have been identified by the LCB and ECB as the most seriously affected by the floods.
Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with LCCC, its Foundation and the county’s Cricket Board to support Lancastrians in need at this time.
“The flooding on Boxing Day affected around 1,200 households in Lancashire and by the Community Foundation working with the Red Rose Floods Appeal we can together effectively reach the most vulnerable victims of flooding. Thank you to everyone who is supporting appeals for flood victims – it is appreciated.”
Sandy Mitchell from the LCCC Foundation said: “I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the appeal. Every donation made will directly help those who have been affected by the floods.
“By partnering up with the LCB and Community Foundation for Lancashire to distribute the donations we have received we are adding value to existing funds and ensuring that all the money raised by the LCCC ‘Red Rose Floods Appeal’ will reach those in real need.
“We will assess how much remains at the end of January and work with our partners to distribute it accordingly.”
Bobby Denning from the Lancashire Cricket Board added: “It’s so important we support the clubs at a time when they need it, particularly those that are so supportive of recreational cricket and Lancashire Cricket Boards programmes.”