07 December 2015
The Methodist Church is joining with organisations and individuals across the country to help those affected by flooding in Cumbria. The Revd Richard Teal, Cumbria District Chair, comparing this incident with the last major flooding in 2009 said: "The devastation this time is far worse than before". Read on for how you can respond and how you can donate to the fundraising appeal.
Over the first weekend of December 2015, schools, hospital services and travel were disrupted after Storm Desmond brought winds, torrential rain and flooding to Cumbria. At least one person is known to have drowned as a result.
Hundreds of homes were flooded and more than 1,000 people evacuated. Parts of Cumbria have been hit with more than a month's rain in just 24 hours, with 341mm of rainfall having been recorded at Honister.
Over 55,000 homes in the north-west of England were affected by water damage or electricity outage, many without insurance.
Cumbria District Chair, the Revd Richard Teal, has responded with a prayer for those affected by the flooding:
Creator God, we remember at this time all those whose homes and communities have been damaged by flooding in Cumbria.
In the name of Jesus we give thanks for the courage and dedication of the emergency services who have come to the help and rescue of all in need.
We celebrate the kindness of neighbours in caring for the most vulnerable.
Lastly, we ask in the power of your healing Spirit to rebuild not just the physical communities which are coping with many problems today but also to give us a sense of trust in your goodness through the kindnesses of one another, in Your Holy Name.
Churches, community centres and local residents from across the area have banded together to help with the flood relief efforts.
Advice for residents following flooding -
South Lakeland District Council
Free mops, buckets and cleaning materials - Sandylands Methodist Church
Miraculous return of Local Preacher Gordon Tweedie's pregnant cows - Premier Radio
Bishop of Carlisle: pray for Cumbria - Premier Radio
If you are local to the area and would like to practically support the flood relief efforts in a practical way, please contact Jonny Gios of Sandlyands Methodist Church, Kendal, for more information.
The umbrella group, UK Community Foundations have recently launched a nationwide flood appeal to support community foundations raising money for those worst affected by winter floods.
You can donate to them directly online here - "every penny of which will be distributed to support impacted people in communities across the UK"
In response to a request from Cumbria District, we are appealing to the Methodist people across the country to do what they can to help. The Cumbria Community Foundation have set up a Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal to raise funds to support the individuals and communities devastated by the storms and flooding, and we are supporting this appeal as the best way to get help where it is needed.
The money raised will be distributed to relieve the hardship caused for thousands of people by the disaster helping with costs and materials for cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.
If you would like to make an online donation, please visit their JustGiving page
Or by text message, by sending FLUD15 £xx to 70070
Alternatively, please make cheques payable to: Cumbria Community Foundation and send by post to the address shown below. Please state that your donation is in response to the Methodist Church Appeal, as this will enable us to track the total raised.