26 Jan 2016

Raising funds to combat rising waters

 Winter Storms

People across the UK have been rushing to MyDonate to help communities recover from this winter’s devastating floods.

Storm Desmond, Storm Eva and Storm Frank brought huge rainfall to the north of England in December, bringing with them floods and damage in many areas.

Recovery is a big job, and communities need help and funds to make it happen. That’s why the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) launched their UK-wide flood appeal.

And it’s why BT moved quickly to make sure UKCF’s MyDonate page was set up and ready to take donations.

Making money go further

The UKCF Winter Flood Recovery Appeal is raising money for those affected by floods anywhere in the UK. And with MyDonate charging no commission on all donations made through the site, we’re helping get money right to the communities that need it.

“MyDonate had already helped set up appeal pages for Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire but so much of the UK was affected that donors weren’t sure where to help first. Working with the UK Community Foundation we were able to set up an appeal for the UK Flood Recovery Appeal says Alice Hunt, head of MyDonate. “We’ve seen donations coming in from around the UK and even the World for all of the flood appeals. People were really affected by seeing the images of the floods especially over Christmas and wanted to help”

And the government is matching all donations made to the UK Flood Recovery Appeal until the end of January, making donated money go even further.

Repair and recovery

The funds raised through MyDonate are already making a difference.

Community Foundations have been funding clean-up operations, emergency repairs, clothing, food, water, heating and child care.

And in the long-term, they’ll also provide grants for rebuilding projects for those most severely affected.

Getting funds where they’re needed most

As well as the UK-wide appeal, there are local fundraising appeals launched by some Community Foundations.

Using MyDonate, fundraisers can raise money for the UK-wide appeal, for their local Community Foundation – or both at the same time. That’s because it’s the first UK online donation service that gives fundraisers the option of having up to six charities benefitting from their fundraising page.

Mark Doherty, operations director of UK Community Foundations, says: “We welcome the involvement of BT MyDonate to further support the ongoing efforts of the Community Foundations across all affected areas. Please donate today to help those in need.”

You can still help the relief effort by donating to the UK wide appeal or by giving directly to the community foundations of York, Leeds, Cumbria or Lancashire.

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