Millions awarded to flood victims

Boxing day flood in Hebden Bridge. Albert Street and New Road under water.
Boxing day flood in Hebden Bridge. Albert Street and New Road under water.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale has awarded more than £2.4m to individuals, businesses and charitable organisations devastated by the Boxing Day floods.

The foundation quickly sprung to action in the wake of the unprecedented deluge, issuing emergency grants within days of the flooding to support basic needs like food and shelter.

Support has also been given to those who were forced to leave their properties and assistance continues to be given to those who lost earnings because they couldn’t work.

Four months on from the disaster, grants have also been given to help people buy white goods, carpets and furniture, plus helping people with increased bills.

The help didn’t stop there and the foundation has offered support to a number of affected businesses.

Now, its goal is to invest in the future. Emma Woods-Bolger, from the foundation, said: “We are about to launch a legacy fund in partnership with Totally Locally called Watermark. Businesses sell a Watermark product, with all branding and marketing supplied for them. A percentage of the sale goes into a pot and if the floods happen again, the money will be distributed to anyone affected.

“We are also launching a match funded savings scheme to support those who can’t get insurance under the Government’s FloodRE scheme. We are investing half a million pounds into Flood Save.

Support to the tune of £475k has also helped charitable organisations and has been working with Elland-based charity Project Colt to deliver essential white goods to people.

They have been out across the borough for weeks taking the items to those who need them.

The flood fund is still open and can provide financial support as well as pay back individuals if they have already purchased items lost in the flooding. Visit to apply or call 01422 349700.

The launch event for Flood Save and Watermark will be held on April 25 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 6pm. Tickets can be booked by visiting the foundation website.