Residents and students join forces in support of flood victims

VICTIMS of the recent floods in Aberystwyth have been offered a helping hand by the combined forces of residents and Aberystywth University Students’ Union. This weekend, residents and students alike are set to come together to organise a mass jumble sale to help raise money for the affected families. Throughout the week students and residents have donated items for a mass jumble sale and family fun day which will take place at the University this weekend.

Once the donated items have been collected those affected by the flooding will be invited to take what they need.  The remainder will be offered for sale as part of the Fun Day. The day will also feature a number of activities including a face painter, cake stall, aerobics demonstrations and a raffle, with prizes donated by individuals, organizations, local and national businesses.

Last weekend’s ‘once in a 100 year flood’ rushed through homes and caravan parks in Ceredigion, Powys and southern Gwynedd – creating damage which is estimated to run into millions of pounds. More than 1,000 people were evacuated and 150 rescued during the early hours of Saturday morning, leaving many residents homeless. Many of those who lost everything during the flood were not insured or could not get insurance for their riverside homes.

Ben Meakin, President of Aberystwyth Students’ Union, said: “It has been great to see students and locals come together and help each other as one community. As a union we are happy that we can help support the victims of the recent floods, by hosting the family fun day in the students’ union building. The day is set to be great event that I hope will help residents to put the effects of the flooding behind them.”

The event has been organised by a number of volunteers in the community and at the University that have given their time to support those that need it the most. Plans are also underway to organise other events including a benefit concert that will also be held at the students union on 23rd June featuring local music acts.

Meakin added: “We hope our contribution will help those whose lives have been turned upside down over the past few days and if there is anything else we can do to help, we will strive to do so”.