Tuesday, March 2News For London

Flood victims relying on charities for immediate financial help

Cumbria is the UK's most flood-hit county. With permission from @lozwinter
Carlisle under several feet of water – Cumbria is the UK’s most flood-hit county. Image permission from @lozwinter.

Local authorities and central government are falling short on immediate financial support to assist those affected by the floods in Cumbria.

The Cumbria Community Foundation has highlighted the need for an immediate injection of cash for flood victims, to purchase basic items such as clothing, food and fresh water. Cumbria is the UK’s worst-affected county after Storm Desmond hit on Saturday.

The Foundation has started it’s own flood appeal to raise £1 million for those affected by the floods; it expects to hit the £300,000 mark by the end of the day.

Speaking exclusively to Westminster World, Communications Officer for the Cumbria Community Foundation, Annalee Holliday, said she believes they are currently the only source of immediate financial help, and highlighted what the fund will be used for.

Applicants to the fund are typically applying for grants of £500 or £1000. If successful, they can expect to receive cash help within 48 hours.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015 can visit their Just Giving page here.