St Asaph flood fund tops £20,000


Matt Jones

A FUND to help St Asaph's flood victim has raised more than £20,000.

Launched in the aftermath of the devastating floods which hit the city last month, the official fund launched by the Mayor of St Asaph has been inundated with generous donations.

Prince Charles made an undisclosed contribution while proceeds from countless charity events are also being added.

Cllr John Roberts said: “It is an excellent start to the fund. We have had fantastic support from people.

“Whilst it’s impossible to quantify the amount of money that may be needed after the floods, every penny will be gratefully received and spent wisely to support the whole community of St Asaph.

“Money raised will only be spent on supporting people who have suffered because of these terrible floods.

“At the moment the fund is open ended. We are aware of activities that are taking place in the New Year.”

Funds have not yet started to be distributed to victims.

Cllr Roberts said: “We are taking advice from other areas that have been affected by floods to see how they helped.

“We are drawing up a list of objectives that the fund will be used to meet.
“It is ongoing, and we will do it as soon as practically possible.

“It is nice to see people helping out.

“We cannot rest until we are satisfied that we have done everything in our power to help people who have suffered in the flood."

Denbighshire Council's response to the floods is now turning to the longer term information needs of those affected and plans are being made to shift the emphasis from the mobile advice centres to the libraries and One Stop Shops in St Asaph.

Denbighshire's leader, councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The feedback we have received from people is that the advice centres were areal help in those early days but we are now realising we need to establish a more sustainable and longer term option for people.

“Our One Stop Shop and customer services staff are fully briefed and trained and will be able to help people with whatever information they may need.

“We are aware that the kind of information they need will change over the coming months and our staff will be best placed to adapt to these changing needs.”

St Asaph arrangements for this week are:
The youth bus has been moved form St Asaph
The Advice Centre will remain but will open 10am-4pm until Friday and will be operated by St Asaph Library and One Stop Shop staff.

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