Echo supports appeal to help flood victims

Dorset Echo: Echo supports appeal to help flood victims Echo supports appeal to help flood victims

THE Dorset Echo is joining forces with local Rotary clubs to raise money for people affected by the terrible storms sweeping the area.

Our readers have a fabulous record of digging deep when disaster strikes anywhere in the world.

Most recently you helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds for victims of the typhoon that wreaked havoc in the Philippines.

But now we are dealing with a disaster much closer to home.

Communities in Dorset and neighbouring counties have felt the full force of the seemingly never-ending storms that have brought misery for weeks.

Farms have been devastated and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet.

And there is more misery on the way as the Met Office forecasts heavy rain, ice and strong winds into next week.

Now Rotary in District 1200, including the clubs in Portland, Weymouth, Weymouth Harbour-side, Melcombe Regis, Dorch-ester, Dorchester Casterbridge, Lyme Regis, Bridport and Brit Valley, is spearheading the appeal to help those in need.

District governor Brian Kirkup said: “We are now faced with horrendous flooding affecting villages and the farming community across Dorset and the Somerset Levels, and indeed along parts of our coastline.”

“Rotarians are offering accommodation for those displaced, sourcing dry animal feed, which is a major issue now, recovering cars, helping with the shopping and many other little tasks to try to make life just a bit easier for those affected. The emergency services are now in control of all movement in many areas. Rotary are of course ready to respond if called on as the situation changes.

“We do, however, anticipate a wave of clean-up operations needed when the waters finally recede. So, our residents will need all the help they can get to put their lives back together. As you would expect, Rotary plans to be there for them. It will not be a pleasant task but we intend to be there to help out.”

Dorset Echo editor Toby Granville said: “Our readers have always given generously when we have asked them to help.

“You have helped communities across the globe but now it is our neighbours who need our help.

“We know times are tough for everyone but even the smallest amount can help to make a difference to those who face losing everything.”

Peter Noble of Dorchester Rotary said: “It’s important we help our own people from time to time and this is one such occasion.

“The public has a long history of helping the Rotary give aid in disasters such as the Philippines or Haiti.

“The appeal has gone worldwide and we have had offers of help from America and all sorts of places.

“It’s a pretty serious disaster. And now we are not just talking about Dorset and Somerset, but the Thames Valley as well.

“The public wants to help and this is an opportunity to do that.

“This is happening to the people you meet every day. If you go on holiday, you probably drive past the Somerset levels.”

He said that although flood victims will have insurance, certain things, such as clothing, will not be covered.

Mr Noble added: “The Echo is offering a tremendous support.

“As the local paper its help is very important and this is a very clear example of how it supports the local population.

“Organisations like the Echo do their best to help the community and we are very grateful. There are no overheads – the money is only going to the victims.”

A volunteer who’s been working hard in the clean-up operation on Portland has called the appeal ‘brilliant’.

Storm Wallace said she knew of people on the island who would need help. She said the whole community has rallied together but with more misery set to descend over the next few weeks it won’t be easy.

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11:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

whatever66 says...

Its the government who should be helping out instead of sending our tax payers money abroad after all this is England and we should come first .
Its the government who should be helping out instead of sending our tax payers money abroad after all this is England and we should come first . whatever66
  • Score: 15

12:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

shy talk says...

whatever66 wrote:
Its the government who should be helping out instead of sending our tax payers money abroad after all this is England and we should come first .
Totally agree. I suspect the next headlines will be how long the insurance companies will take to process claims for damage.

And they will increase the premiums that people cannot afford. Or consider the risk to high to insure properties in high risk areas.

I hope the Financial Ombudsman Service is preparing themselves.
[quote][p][bold]whatever66[/bold] wrote: Its the government who should be helping out instead of sending our tax payers money abroad after all this is England and we should come first .[/p][/quote]Totally agree. I suspect the next headlines will be how long the insurance companies will take to process claims for damage. And they will increase the premiums that people cannot afford. Or consider the risk to high to insure properties in high risk areas. I hope the Financial Ombudsman Service is preparing themselves. shy talk
  • Score: 7

1:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Dorset Boy says...

Has no-one looked at the history of the Somerset levels. It appears that back in the Middle ages the levels was small islands surrounded by marsh land fed from the sea.
Has no-one looked at the history of the Somerset levels. It appears that back in the Middle ages the levels was small islands surrounded by marsh land fed from the sea. Dorset Boy
  • Score: 11

2:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lanedor says...

Yes I agree the people of this country should come first. Sadly all too often they don't. Our insurance company were excellent when we flooded in 2012 - but they cancelled the policy and won't insure us again!
Yes I agree the people of this country should come first. Sadly all too often they don't. Our insurance company were excellent when we flooded in 2012 - but they cancelled the policy and won't insure us again! Lanedor
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Tue 11 Feb 14

shy talk says...

The village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels. Muchelney in old English means island. The Anglo Saxons it seems knew something.
The village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels. Muchelney in old English means island. The Anglo Saxons it seems knew something. shy talk
  • Score: 10

6:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

cosmick says...

The money should come from the goverment. The BARCLAYS bankers could donate their BONUS MONEY.
The money should come from the goverment. The BARCLAYS bankers could donate their BONUS MONEY. cosmick
  • Score: 5

10:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

You vote Tory, you vote Labour...same old sh**.....

I refer the MUGS who keep voting the same old pattern to the post I made in another article about politics and money.


VOTE UKIP!
You vote Tory, you vote Labour...same old sh**..... I refer the MUGS who keep voting the same old pattern to the post I made in another article about politics and money. VOTE UKIP! David_divenghy2
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Wed 12 Feb 14

whatever66 says...

Im voting for the UKIP lets start getting the Great back in Great Britain and get the mess the previous governments have created sorted...... Its like the bus strike going on in Weymouth at the moment local people should support them stay at home lets start hitting the big companies where it hurts we are all fed up with the price hikes in Fuel etc well if we the nation was to call a strike they would soon have to listen if we as a nation stand together...... Stop supporting foreigners that are over here for an easy ride we have paid our National insurance for our pensions and hospitals yet the money is dwindling make these ponces get medical insurance like we do when we go abroad we have to take out cover so why do we allow them to come over here and make our waiting lists longer making us all suffer with lack of funds cause we are giving our money away it needs to stop now bring back national service and watch them all disappear make it compulsory that every person between the ages of 18 to 21 do it the foreigners as well and they will soon go back to where they come from this will free up social housing and hospital waiting times why should our country men and women live in cardboard boxes because they have no where to live stand together and say no more........
Im voting for the UKIP lets start getting the Great back in Great Britain and get the mess the previous governments have created sorted...... Its like the bus strike going on in Weymouth at the moment local people should support them stay at home lets start hitting the big companies where it hurts we are all fed up with the price hikes in Fuel etc well if we the nation was to call a strike they would soon have to listen if we as a nation stand together...... Stop supporting foreigners that are over here for an easy ride we have paid our National insurance for our pensions and hospitals yet the money is dwindling make these ponces get medical insurance like we do when we go abroad we have to take out cover so why do we allow them to come over here and make our waiting lists longer making us all suffer with lack of funds cause we are giving our money away it needs to stop now bring back national service and watch them all disappear make it compulsory that every person between the ages of 18 to 21 do it the foreigners as well and they will soon go back to where they come from this will free up social housing and hospital waiting times why should our country men and women live in cardboard boxes because they have no where to live stand together and say no more........ whatever66
  • Score: 7

1:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Camoron at his photo-ops starts going on about "money no object" to thew gullible masses for flood victims, UKIP calls him out, then he U-turns as always. Well done Nigel !

http://news.sky.com/
story/1210368/no-new
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ief-says-no-10

http://www.ukip.org/
newsroom/news/1156-f
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ameron-spells-out-ho
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found-for-flood-reli
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VOTE UKIP.
Camoron at his photo-ops starts going on about "money no object" to thew gullible masses for flood victims, UKIP calls him out, then he U-turns as always. Well done Nigel ! http://news.sky.com/ story/1210368/no-new -money-for-flood-rel ief-says-no-10 http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1156-f arage-demands-that-c ameron-spells-out-ho w-much-money-he-has- found-for-flood-reli ef-who-will-get-it-a nd-where-it-is-comin g-from VOTE UKIP. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wykewize says...

Have you seen the info on the deliberate flooding of parts of the uk on the web? Policies from the EU and adopted by parliment! The gvt want to cause maximum chaos...........chec
k it out...please
Have you seen the info on the deliberate flooding of parts of the uk on the web? Policies from the EU and adopted by parliment! The gvt want to cause maximum chaos...........chec k it out...please Wykewize
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3:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Wykewize wrote:
Have you seen the info on the deliberate flooding of parts of the uk on the web? Policies from the EU and adopted by parliment! The gvt want to cause maximum chaos...........chec

k it out...please
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/comment/colum
nists/christopherboo
ker/10625663/Floodin
g-Somerset-Levels-di
saster-is-being-driv
en-by-EU-policy.html


I take it you mean this? The EU is a monolithic Monster we must get out of. There is only one party offering us that for real.
[quote][p][bold]Wykewize[/bold] wrote: Have you seen the info on the deliberate flooding of parts of the uk on the web? Policies from the EU and adopted by parliment! The gvt want to cause maximum chaos...........chec k it out...please[/p][/quote]http://www.telegraph .co.uk/comment/colum nists/christopherboo ker/10625663/Floodin g-Somerset-Levels-di saster-is-being-driv en-by-EU-policy.html I take it you mean this? The EU is a monolithic Monster we must get out of. There is only one party offering us that for real. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

February1948 says...

cosmick wrote:
The money should come from the goverment. The BARCLAYS bankers could donate their BONUS MONEY.
Oh, how you made me laugh! I guess the bankers consider they need the money much more than the flood victims.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: The money should come from the goverment. The BARCLAYS bankers could donate their BONUS MONEY.[/p][/quote]Oh, how you made me laugh! I guess the bankers consider they need the money much more than the flood victims. February1948
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