The local parish Church, St. Peter’s, Bentley has provided care and support since the first day of the floods and have continued their efforts with recent grant payments to affected residents.
St Peter’s raised over £40,000 in response to the flooding to benefit the community they call home. When the amount was matched by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government at the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, the church asked local charity South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation to help distribute the match funding to everyone affected. Payments of £115 have been made to 330 households, with only a handful left to receive their share of the money.
Reverend Dave Berry said:
“We are proud to have helped people in Bentley with needs based grants to help towards the impacts of the floods. As lockdown started we were no longer able to visit people easily to assess their needs. With the arrival of the match funding we were pleased to build on our good relationship with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation and get money to as many people as possible quickly and efficiently. Bentley is out of the headlines, but many people are still feeling the financial effects of November’s floods.”
The payments have been distributed in partnership with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF), the charity which launched the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal when the floods began. The Appeal raised over £1.4 million and the charity continues to distribute the money raised across South Yorkshire to victims of the flooding.
Michelle Dickinson, Head of Philanthropy at SYCF said:
“We were more than happy to support St Peter’s Church with the distribution of the money they had raised. We know that Dave and Catherine and many others from St Peter’s have been flat out since November doing as much as they can to help people and this was something we could partner with them on to achieve.
“SYCF initially gave out emergency payments of £200 to households quickly after the flooding across South Yorkshire and we are also currently providing much more substantial grants of up to £5,000 to help people to fix or get back in their homes.
“So, it made perfect sense for us to help St Peter’s deliver their funding out into the Bentley area too and we were especially keen to support because of how badly we know residents in the area have been impacted.”
South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation plan to soon launch their next phase of funding for even more grants to help those who were the absolutely worst affected and most vulnerable to recover.