The images of the damaged caused by Storm Desmond will have brought back painful memories for many in the Benefice. Back in 2007 41 homes in Ascott-under-Wychwood and some in Chadlington were flooded . We know first hand just how devastating that is for those effected and for their communities.
An emergency appeal has been launched for anyone wishing to donate to assist individuals and families whose homes have had significant structural damage or flooding due to recent floods and storms which took place during the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th December throughout Cumbria.
Cumbria Community Foundation has committed £50,000 from its own funds to prime the Appeal.
Grants for charitable purposes will be distributed to relieve hardship, which can help with cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.
The fund is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, who effectively managed the £3 million Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal following the floods in 2009.
CCF has a well-established and effective system for application, grant assessment and allocation. CCF is a highly regarded local grant giver with experienced staff and solid systems and processes in place.
The Ascott Village Shop is collecting donations of money to send to those effected in Cumbria. If you would like to contribute you can do so by calling into the shop or by putting your donation into an envelope marked ‘Cumbria Flood’ and put in on the collection plate at Church. We will make sure your donation is passed on.
A prayer for those affected by flooding
Creator God, we remember at this time all those whose homes and communities have been damaged by flooding in Cumbria.
In the 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.