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St Asaph Floods: Thousands join Facebook campaign

Published date: 29 November 2012 |
Published by: Matt Jones
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THOUSANDS have backed a Facebook campaign to support St Asaph flood victims.

The social media campaign has generated a massive groundswell of support as people from across Wales and beyond have signed up to show solidarity and offer practical help.


It was set up by St Asaph resident Mark Young whose home on Rose Hill escaped the devastation.


Mr Young, who runs Denbigh Chocolate Shop, says he just wants to help in any way he can and the site is the only official one sanctioned by the Mayor of St Asaph, Cllr John Roberts.


Anybody wanting to make cash donations to help the flood victims should do so via the Mayor's Charity Fund.


Mr Young said: "I decided to set up a group on Facebook so everybody can pull together to organise fund-raising events and offer practical support.


"I was overwhelmed by the response because in less than 24 hours we had the support of more than 4,000 people.

"This is now the official site and the only one the Council and Mayor of St Asaph support in relation to the relief efforts.


"We just need to channel this goodwill to help the people who are affected by the flooding.
 

"A lot of people we know have been affected. It's been utterly devastating and heartbreaking for them.
 

"A young couple who've been doing up their house for six months were hoping to move in just before Christmas and there world has been shattered.
 

"Earlier this year there was so much joy and optimism in St Asaph when it was accorded city status as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and now their whole world has been turned upside down.
 

"The amount of messages and emails I have received shows there is an incredible amount of goodwill. I have never seen so much affection for an area.
 

"The important thing now is that we channel all this goodwill, the energy and effort so that it has the maximum effect.

"We have had offers of help from individuals and companies large and small - offering food, machinery, vehicles and manpower.
 

"We've had families who want to donate clothes. Many want to give money to help the victims as they try and put their lives and their homes back together.
 

"The scale of the problem is immense but, if we get ourselves organised and work with the council, I think we can make a contribution.
 

Anybody wanting to donate money should do so via the Mayor of St Asaph who can be contacted by ringing 01745 583248.

All cheques should be made out to the Mayors Charity Fund.
 

The cash will go into the Mayor's fund while a special account is set up in aid of flood victims.


Anybody wanting to show their support on Facebook should log onto www.facebook.com/pages/Please-Support-StAsaph-Flood-Victims/462568863788969


 

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