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£10,000 donation to help Norfolk flood victims

Posted on 17 December 2013 12:18 PM by Bartr1M

I’m used to dealing with storms and fallen trees, I’ve worked here for 29 years and have seen my fair share. But when I got to Walcott I’d never seen anything like it. It had just been hit by the biggest tidal surge in 60 years and nothing could prepare me for the scene of devastation.

Houses half missing 
Everyone’s chins hit the floor when we arrived. There were caravans folded in half and houses half missing. Many people had suffered terrible loss, including some who had lost everything and, in some cases, have no insurance. It really was heartbreaking. 

Massive team effort
Our engineers were working around the clock to access electrical equipment in flooded houses and to restore power to properties where water had subsided and damaged internal wiring.

People are desperate for blankets, warm clothes, bedding, childrens’ clothes, toys and books - things that we often take for granted. So, our staff at our Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds offices have been busy collecting these items and they’ll be delivered this week.

It’s really has been a massive team effort but we wanted to do more. So, we’ve just donated £10,000 to the Eastern Daily Press’s flood appeal. This donation has come from our Power of Giving Fund where we give grants to the community.  

Last month, we gave away £90,000 to successfully applicants and occasionally we give special donations like this one in Norfolk. In this case we’ve been very moved to see what flood victims have been through, and we hope we can make a big difference to the community.

Want to apply to our Power of Giving fund?
Find out more about the scheme and how to apply here.


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