Guests at the 21st annual Doncaster Business Awards dug deep in aid of the Flood Disaster Relief Appeal run by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.
A raffle of 18 prizes donated by local businesses – ranging from hotel accommodation and meals to family day passes at leisure attractions and personal training sessions – raised £4,800 to be shared equally between four charities.
The Flood Disaster Relief Appeal was added in the wake of the floods that devastated parts of South Yorkshire, especially in the Doncaster area, last November.
More than 900 guests attended the prestigious Business Awards organised by Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Doncaster College and University Centre.
Three arts charities – Cast Theatre, Doncaster Little Theatre and DARTS (Doncaster Community Arts) – had already been selected as the Doncaster Chamber President’s charities for 2019.
Michael Wilkinson, former President of Doncaster Chamber said:
“Following the tragic flooding events in Doncaster last year I took the immediate step to add the South Yorkshire Community Foundation to our selection of supported charities.
“Along with support from Team Doncaster partners and from many local businesses, they have been central in the flood support and I would like to thank them personally for their hard work.”
Michelle Dickinson from the SYCF, said:
“The support for the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal has been incredible and the way Doncaster has rallied together and helped one another at this incredibly difficult time is truly humbling.
“Doncaster Chamber’s support and fundraising for the appeal is very much appreciated and their efforts have taken us closer to our current fundraising target of £600,000.
“The appeal has already distributed over £170,000 in emergency payments of £200 to flooded households and we have now launched our second phase of payments of up £5,000 to help people repair their homes, replace the items they’ve lost and get back to some normality.”
The appeal by SYCF has already passed £587,000 thanks to donations from almost 2,500 organisations and individuals.
The Government has said it will match funds raised by the appeal on a pound for pound basis up to £1m.
Help support the appeal by going to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods