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£25,000 boost to York Flood Appeal by Benenden

13th January 2016

Benenden - one of York’s major employers - has today committed a donation of £25,000 to the York Flood Appeal, which raises the total committed to the appeal so far to over £470,000.

The appeal was launched in response to major floods within the city shortly after Christmas and aims to help York residents who have been affected by flooding. Funds can help provide essential items to help residents get back on their feet, such as electrical household items and furnishing or to assist with costs such as temporary accommodation.

Marc Bell, Chief Executive Officer at Benenden, said: “It’s right that we at Benenden, a York-based community business, give our support to those who have been affected by the recent, devastating floods at the time they need it most.  This is about local communities coming together to do what they can and we know that the Benenden contribution to the York Flood Appeal will provide the kind of support that is necessary at this time, to help those affected to get back on their feet.”

Councillor Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said: “Supporting flood-affected residents recover and return to their homes is a priority and we’re delighted that Benenden is so generously backing the York Flood Appeal. This is an important fund that makes a significant difference and, as a local employer, it’s great to see Benenden investing even more deeply in the community.”

The York Disaster Fund – a local charity established in 2000 in response to the floods that year - set up the York Flood Appeal. The Two Ridings Community Foundation, the local community foundation for York, North & East Yorkshire is hosting the appeal on behalf of the charity.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation, said: “Benenden’s donation of £25,000 to the York Flood Appeal is a fabulous gesture from a local York employer to help the hundreds of households affected by flooding in York. We will use this funding to support individuals and families get back on their feet, replace essential items and cope with living in temporary accommodation.”

The health and wellbeing mutual, who are shirt sponsors of York City Football Club, will also be working with York City to welcome a group of flood volunteers to a future match at Bootham Crescent on 30th January, as a ‘thank you’ to those who gave their time to help others during this major crisis.

Marc Bell added: “In addition, as official sponsors of York City, we will be inviting many of those volunteers who have helped affected business people and householders over the past two weeks, to a future York City game as our guests, to say thank you for what they have done for others in York at this time. Our teams will be contacting various groups throughout the city to make the necessary arrangements for the game.”

York City Chairman, Jason McGill said: “We are very pleased to be joining forces with Benenden on Saturday 30 January at our home game against Stevenage. Along with our sponsor, we look forward to welcoming into our hospitality suite some of the volunteers who have helped to make a positive difference to flood victims in the city. We hope we can give these amazing individuals a special day at York City Football Club. As well as this initiative, Benenden’s terrific donation to the flood fundraising campaign also shows their total commitment to the local community, which is great to see from a major York employer.”

Anyone needing to apply to the York Disaster Fund should contact yfas@york.gov.uk or call 0808 168 5238 or visit www.york.gov.uk/yfas . For advice and support on the York floods visit www.york.gov.uk/floods.  Businesses or individuals who wish to donate to the appeal should contact Jan Garrill, of Two Ridings Community Foundation or go online at www.trcf.org.uk.

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