Yorkshire Wildlife Park roars into action for Flood Disaster Relief Appeal

Yorkshire Wildlife Park responded to the disastrous floods in South Yorkshire with a big-hearted gesture – free tickets for flood victims and people who helped them.

More than 500 tickets were handed out to adults and children over a weekend – worth more than £8,000 – in a partnership with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).

The charity launched the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal in response to the widespread flooding across the county last November.

So far more than £535,000 has been raised, and the Government has said it will match funds raised by the appeal on a pound for pound basis up to £1m.

Hundreds of cash donations have come from across the region, the country and from abroad, but the response of Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster is an example of other ways in which local businesses, organisations and communities have rallied to the cause.

John Minion, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said:

“We recognise the widespread devastation caused by the floods in South Yorkshire, much of it in the Doncaster area, and the suffering it continues to cause to the local community.

“Yorkshire Wildlife Park is part of the community and we are grateful for the community support that has allowed us to grow since the park was opened ten years ago.

“We were pleased to work with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, and we were delighted that so many people took up the offer of free tickets at such a difficult time for them.”

Michelle Dickinson, Corporate Relationships Manager at SYCF, who organised the allocation of tickets on behalf of SYCF, said:

“The tickets donated to those affected by the flooding were so well received and gave families a welcome break from dealing with the aftermath of the flooding of their homes.

“We were more then happy to work with Yorkshire Wildlife Park to ensure the tickets went to those affected across South Yorkshire and we can’t thank the Wildlife Park enough for their generosity.”

The Sheffield-based charity is distributing cash payments to households affected by the flooding, helping families and other local people who have been displaced from their homes and had their properties damaged

Significant donations have come from business, individuals, charitable trusts and religious organisations from across the UK as well as numerous anonymous contributions.

Since being founded in 1986, SYCF has raised and distributed over £29m in grants to community and voluntary projects across South Yorkshire and created an Endowment of over £12m to create a lasting legacy for the benefit of local communities.

To donate the appeal please go to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods