In this baking summer heat it can be hard to immediately recall the storm-ravaged winter we endured here in the UK just a few months ago. However, for many people across the country, it will be one they never forget. One of the wettest and windiest winters on record, homes and communities were uprooted and people are still piecing livelihoods back together over 9 months later.

Volunteers have helped construct flood defences in Hemsby. Homes on the Marrams, Hemsby that have slipped over the cliff.In the immediate aftermath of the floods, communities and businesses in affected areas rallied round to raise funds and bolster relief efforts.  For example, when East Anglian coastlines were hit by a huge tidal surge in December 2013, Suffolk-based brewers Adnams quickly began fundraising for the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) Flood Appeal with the help of Pennies.

Just three months later, Adnams’ customers had donated well over £6,000 to the regional appeal via the digital charity box, helping people in the local area who were suffering as a result of the recent floods.

This money was then granted to those in desperate need with the help of local charity, the Norfolk Community Foundation.  It is now helping people to rebuild their lives – people like Pat from the village of Walcott, Norfolk.

Pat has lived in Walcott since 1984.  Her wooden bungalow was completely flooded when the tidal surge struck on 5th December, destroying the majority of her furniture and possessions.  Though some repairs will be covered by Pat’s insurance, others, including rebuilding fencing around her property, are not.

EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal image for blogLuckily, money raised by the likes of Adnams and their customers have helped Pat fund these vital repairs.  She has now received a £1,000 grant from the EDP Flood Appeal and once her house has dried out, the repair work can begin.  “They are about to start repairing my property and it should take eight weeks.  I am a bit nervous about returning home but you either live there or you don’t.  Receiving the appeal money has been very important,” said Pat.

Thanks to everyone who donated in Adnams stores earlier this year in support of the EDP Flood Appeal, and to those who continue to do so today in support of the retailer’s current charity partner, The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

(Image courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press)

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