Lions Club steps in to help flood victims

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People whose homes and businesses in Whalley were hit by flooding last weekend have been offered a helping hand by the town’s Lions Club.

Whalley and District Lions has a crisis fund which has been made available across the country to help in these types of situations and the group is keen to help residents in Whalley who have been affected and need help and support.

We feel for the residents who may have been affected and need some support and we have access to a pot of funds to provide some small grants to help and assist residents who have been badly affected

Gillian Darbyshire

The club now have 24 members who are giving their time and efforts to support and assist in the local area.

Gillian Darbyshire, the president, who was in Whalley Village as King Street was flooded said: “It all happened very quickly and I haven’t seen it flood like this in 20 years of living here.

“It was like wading through a river. We feel for the residents who may have been affected and need some support and we have access to a pot of funds to provide some small grants to help and assist residents who have been badly affected.

“We are also local people who care about our community and could lend a hand if needed.”

Fire crews faced an unprecedented number of incidents as floods swept through the Ribble Valley last Saturday.

Properties in the centre of Whalley were worst hit as a river-like deluge of water cascaded throught the village from 2 pm.

Unfortunately for businesses in Whalley, the floods descended on the village as it celebrated Whalley Day during which its variety of small, independent shops and businesses were offering a range of bargains to shoppers in a bid to boost pre-Christmas sales.

The Lions International is the largest voluntary humanitarian group in the world where all funds go directly to helping in crisis and so many good causes.

Readers can get in touch via email whalleylions@gmail.com and to donate to the floods log on and visit: www.lionsgiving.org and make your donation under Flood appeal.

Every penny donated with go directly to the cause.