A CHARITY fund set up for victims of the Rhyl floods has grown to more than £10,000.
Generous donations are coming in from across the region as victims, who had to endure Christmas out of their homes, are set to start applying for financial help this month.
More than 130 homes in Rhyl were swamped when the highest tidal surge for more than 20 years battered the North Wales coast in December.
Rhyl mayor, councillor Andy Rutherford, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the community and how they have been encouraged by other people's generosity.
“We are going to have continuous assessments and keep monitoring how things are moving on. It will remain a priority to Rhyl Town Council.”
Collection boxes are still located around Rhyl while community groups, schools, businesses and church groups have been donating funds to the appeal.
A gala concert which was held in Rhyl Town Hall and featured performances from Britain’s Got Talent stars Richard and Adam and Dyserth songbird Katie Benbow, raised more than £2,300.
Cllr Rutherford said: “The gala was fantastic, Richard and Adam were fantastic – it has really brought the whole community together.
“I can not say exactly how much we have raised as we've still got collection boxes to come in. People have been very generous. We've raised overall more than £10,000.
“What I've come to realise by visiting people during very these difficult times is that the money might be needed toward things that are not always visible on the surface. Some houses have been ruined – and the money will go towards restoration, but for example, one couple I met had been on the phone with insurance companies and their bill had come to an astonishing total of £80 - money will help towards things like that.”
Other donations include £500 from Bodnant Community School, £250 from Ysgol Emmanuel, £200 from Prestatyn Rotary Club and £265 from Pengwern College in Rhuddlan.
More than £210 was raised after Prestatyn's Town Carol Service which was held at Preatatyn Parish Church featuring children from the town's schools.