FLOODS RESPONSE UPDATE
The Community Foundation for Calderdale is the latest organisation to receive donations from our Province and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in the wake of the floods devastation which affected over 2,000 homes and premises.
Officials of the foundation have worked round the clock since Christmas in a major fund-raising campaign to help relieve some of the misery and distress suffered by residents and businesses throughout the Calder Valley – from Brighouse and Elland through to Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden
In January, Assistant PGM John Gledhill and Area Two charity chairman Alan Elstone handed over a cheque for £5,000 which was matched by the Mark Masons and today foundation chief executive Steve Duncan was on hand to receive a further £3,000 donated by West Riding Masonic Charities.
Steve explained that the response to their flood appeal had been phenomenal and around £2m has been raised and there is the prospect of some of this being match-funded by the Government.
Steve explained: “We have been able to distribute around £400,000 already and expect to give out a further £600,000 soon but eventually our aim will be to ring fence a substantial sum which will go towards provide help for any future disasters in our valleys.
WRMCL have also provided £1,000 to Elland Community Hub, to help rent a vehicle to distribute donated white goods and Brighouse Masonic Hall trustees received £500 to help in the aftermath of disruption caused by flooding.
John Gledhill is pictured with Steve Duncan – and the all-important collection buckets.
Posted in Uncategorized on February 3rd, 2016 by Kevin Gould