THE Storm Aid fund being backed by the Dorset Echo is now appealing for storm and flooding victims in urgent need to get in touch.

More than £3,500 has now been raised by Echo readers in a few days since we launched the appeal in conjunction with local Rotary Clubs.

The emergency appeal, organised by Rotary nationally, stands at £13,000 and includes donations from all across the UK and abroad. Areas in Dorset and neighbouring counties have been devastated. Homes, businesses and farms have been destroyed and donations will go towards helping residents pick up the pieces.

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

“Recent examples of help include laying a path to give walking access for housebound people, coal delivered for houses where the people cannot get out and food, clothing and whatever people have needed.

“None of this immediate and short term help is available through government schemes or insurance as some think.

“It is better to provide that help than think others are going to.”

The Echo is working with the Rotary Clubs of Portland, Weymouth, Weymouth Harbourside, Melcombe Regis, Dorchester, Dorchester Casterbridge, Lyme Regis, Bridport and Brit Valley.

The fund now has a Rotary Just Giving account for people to text their donations and allows gift aid. All people need to do is text 70070 and then in the message box type SLFR12 and then the amount to donate (for example £10).

Anyone who wants to donate should make cheques payable to Rotary International, District 1200 Charity Account and send to Flood Appeal, Dorset Echo, Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth DT4 9XD.

Cheques or cash donations can also be dropped off at the Echo offices on the Granby Industrial Estate in Weymouth, the offices at Antelope Walk in Dorchester or the Bridport News office in East Street, Bridport.

People in need should contact their local Rotary club or Peter Noble on 01305 264070 or 07973322937or email