The Storm Dennis Flood Appeal fund launched by The Herefordshire Community Foundation, which aims to help those affected by floods in Herefordshire, has now received donations of over £30,000. The Herefordshire Community Foundation set up the appeal in conjunction with local newspaper The Hereford Times, following the devastating floods affecting much of the region.
allpay Limited, also based in Hereford, has provided Herefordshire Community Foundation with prepaid payment cards. Following an application process, these cards will be issued to anyone whose property in Herefordshire has been affected by the floods. The payment card will be loaded with a one-off amount which will hopefully alleviate some of the immediate impact of the flooding. allpay has waived all fees for the creation of the prepaid cards and its head office staff and own internal charity committee have also made donations to the fund.
Tony Killeen, founder and entrepreneur of allpay confirmed:
“As a company, much of our work is in the social housing sector, so our staff are acutely aware of the challenges many people face when it comes to the very basics of having a safe place to live when things go wrong. With the floods affecting our whole community, we are pleased to be able to help in this small way by providing our prepaid card services to disburse much-needed funds quickly and easily to those in need, but also to be able to contribute to the appeal itself.”
Frank Myers MBE, Chairman of the Herefordshire Community Foundation said:
“It is very reassuring to have the support of allpay, such a valuable employer in the county, and a leader in its field. Any resident of Herefordshire who has been flooded can apply for the initial emergency grant.”
Grants will cover immediate straightforward financial support for people affected. This will help with urgent needs like the cost of living in temporary accommodation or for items people need to stay in their homes e.g. dehumidifiers. This will be followed by ongoing support for those with continuing needs.