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Hundreds of thousands raised for flood-hit families

COMMUNITY groups have chipped in hundreds of thousands of pounds to help victims of the flooding in northern England.
The flood recovery fund appeal, run by the Community Foundation for Lancashire, has raised about £130,000 to contribute to clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment and to provide childcare equipment and basic furniture.
The fund was set up with an initial donation of £5,000 and is supported by the bishops of the diocese of Blackburn. It was originally earmarked to help victims of Storm Desmond, which struck at the start of the month.
Another appeal supporting the people of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, where half a dozen communities suffered their worst flooding on record, has reached more than £100,000.
In 2012 the Community Foundation for Calderdale handed out more than £150,000 to people who were flooded and is raising money again to provide materials to help the clean-up operation once the floodwaters subside.
And the Greater Manchester flood recovery appeal, supporting people with flooded homes, community organisations and residents’ groups, has amassed about £53,000 after a donation of £50,000 from the Forever Manchester community foundation. 
Across the north, people are calling in at volunteer flood-relief centres to make donations.
People can donate to the Lancashire flood recovery fund appeal, the Calderdale flood relief appeal and the Greater Manchester appeals online.



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