Alton Webteam: December 2015
Cumbria Floods Appeal
As I'm sure you are aware, Storm Desmond has caused immense disruption, with schools, hospital services and travel all being affected in addition to the thousands of homes that have been damaged and hundreds evacuated.
Many communities are gathering together to provide relief and assistance to the areas worst hit by the flooding, including Sandylands Methodist Church who have worked in conjunction with volunteers and local organisations to offer support.
For those of us who cannot give our practical support, however, there is still much we can do and I know a number of you have already asked how you can donate to the relief and clean-up work. The Revd Richard Teal, Cumbria District Chair, reminds us of the wonderful response that the Methodist people made in 2009 and says that "the devastation this time is worse than before".
In response to a request from Cumbria District, we are appealing to the Methodist people across the country to do what they can to help. The Cumbria Community Foundation have set up a Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal to raise funds to support the individuals and communities devastated by the storms and flooding, and we are supporting this appeal as the best way to get help where it is needed.
The money raised will be distributed to relieve the hardship caused for thousands of people by the disaster helping with costs and materials for cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.
If you would like to make an online donation, please visit their JustGiving page http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015
Or by text message, by sending FLUD15 £xx to 70070
Alternatively, please make cheques payable to: Cumbria Community Foundation and send by post to the address shown below. Please state that your donation is in response to the Methodist Church Appeal, as this will enable us to track the total raised.
I am aware too that Cumbria is not the only part of the country that has been affected by the storms and we are mindful of all those who may be struggling to respond to other pressing priorities locally.
The Revd Richard Teal has asked that you join him in prayer for those affected by the flooding:
Creator God, we remember at this time all those whose homes and communities have been damaged by flooding in Cumbria.
In the name of Jesus we give thanks for the courage and dedication of the emergency services who have come to the help and rescue of all in need.
We celebrate the kindness of neighbours in caring for the most vulnerable.
Lastly, we ask in the power of your healing Spirit to rebuild not just the physical communities which are coping with many problems today but also to give us a sense of trust in your goodness through the kindnesses of one another, in Your Holy Name.
Thank you so much for supporting the people of Cumbria through prayer and action at this difficult time.
Head of Mission and Advocacy, Methodist Connexional Team
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