Floods 10th Anniversary

10 years ago in June 2007, South Yorkshire was hit by flooding that caused the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes and took two lives.

It was a time of hardship and loss. 5395 homes were flooded, leaving many stranded and homeless. Yet, it was also a time which showed the strength of our communities.

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation rallied when the flood hit and set up a disaster relief fund within 24 hours.

One of the letters we received, from Maisie, age 12.

The South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund raised £1.672,555 million, completely surpassing the original target of £500,000.

The money raised came from local people and from across the country. Because of that generosity, a total of 4609 separate payments were made to 2343 households and families who were victims of the flooding. Each receiving payments of up to £1,250.

The funding helped to provide repairs to homes, replacing essentials such as washing machines, bedding and clothes and much more besides.

We received letters from all over South Yorkshire from recipients of the funding

we distributed, thanking SYCF and everyone that donated to the disaster relief fund.

We know that the money raised made an incredible impact, not just by helping those affected to get back on their feet but also by giving them hope and through these acts of kindness, showing them that people are ready to help them and are thinking of them.

So 10 years on, we would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raised that huge amount of money to help so many people who had their lives turned upside down. SYCF worked so hard to make sure that the money donated went to those that needed it most but we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much without your generosity.

Thank you!

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