Oddfellows boost to York Flood Appeal Fund

Oddfellows from the Vale of York District have donated £1000 to the York Flood Appeal Fund. The money will be used to help some of the many residents of the city who had their homes or livelihoods damaged as a result of the catastrophic flooding witnessed during Christmas 2015.

Flood fund donation: Gordon Varndell (second from right) presents a cheque from the Oddfellows to Jan Garrill (centre) of the Two Ridings Community Foundation watched by the Lord Mayor of York (second left), Susan Ridley (far left) and Stephen Reid (far right). Picture courtesy of The Press, York.

York, like many areas of Northern England, Scotland and Wales, was severely affected when storm after storm battered the UK at the end of last year.

The York Flood Appeal Fund was set up in the wake of the disaster to provide hardship grants to those affected, either directly or indirectly, by the flooding.

It relies on donations from individuals, businesses and other charitable organisations and is administered by the Two Ridings Community Foundation – one of 48 community foundations in the UK. To date, the appeal has raised close to £1.5 million.

Gordon Varndell from the Vale of York District presented the cheque for £1000 to Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of the Two Ridings Community Foundation, during an Oddfellows Brass band concert in June.

On receiving the Oddfellows cheque, Jan Garrill gave a speech, thanking the Oddfellows for their support and the ongoing work we do for the wider community. She also gave a brief overview of the help provided by the York Flood Appeal Fund so far.

27 December 2015: Flood rescue operations by the British Army and Mountain Rescue at Queens Staith Road near the Ouse Bridge in York City Centre after heavy rain. Copyright: Phil MacD Photography/shutterstock.com.

Speaking of the concert and the donation, Gordon continued: “The Vale of York District is proud of the role we play in supporting the local community. Our recent donation to the York Flood Appeal Fund adds to that and I’d like to thank all those involved.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who made the brass concert such a great afternoon – including Rita and Alan Turner, who organised the event, as well as the band themselves, who played numerous encores, much to the audience’s delight.”

Besides fundraising for good causes, the Oddfellows in York run a variety of social activities.

From talks to trips and meals out, everyone’s welcome. Call Peter on 01652 655828 or email peter.needham@oddfellows.co.uk to find out more.