Flood appeal fund hits £105,000

THE LEADER’S Appeal Fund for the North Ceredigion floods reached a grand total of almost £105,000 on Thursday, as cheques for £10,000 from the Aberystwyth Rotary Club and £5,000 from NatWest Bank Aberystwyth were presented to Council leader Ellen ap Gwynn.

Councillor ap Gwynn said: “The generosity of the residents of Ceredigion along with contributions from individuals and groups from further afield has been overwhelming.  Cash and cheques ranging in amounts from £3 to £24,000 have been received by the Council on behalf of the Appeal Fund and financial donations are still being received.

“I have been working closely with the panel of advisors appointed to draw up guidelines for the distribution of funds to those in need and the panel’s assistance has been invaluable.  Council officers have been working tirelessly in the flood affected areas to ensure that all those who have suffered a loss from the flooding are identified.  This work is on-going and we will continue to work with individuals and communities for a long while yet.”

The announcement follows criticism from flood victims in this week’s Cambrian News of the council for failing to distribute funds promptly. The first cheques will be distributed next week, and the Appeal Fund will remain open until the 8th of June 2013.  Donations to the Fund can be made:

  • by cheque payable to Ceredigion County Council and sent to the Director of Finance, Ceredigion County Council, Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth SY23 3EU
  • by debit or credit card at Ceredigion County Council offices or by phone on 01970 633252
  • or on-line at www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

Hywel Wyn Jones, President of Aberystwyth Rotary Club; Richard Morgan, Honorary Treasurer of the Aberystwyth Rotary Club; Sonia Dobson, immediate past President of Aberystwyth Rotary Club; Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council; Kelly Mason, local resident, and Mel Blaney, NatWest Aberystwyth