Storm Wallace receives cash grant to fix Chiswell storm damage

Dorset Echo: Storm Wallace appeared live on Daybreak this morning Storm Wallace appeared live on Daybreak this morning

CHISWELL is set to receive a £5,000 grant to repair damages caused by severe storms.

The money will be given after environmental campaigner Storm Wallace appeared live on ITV's Daybreak on Friday as a nominated Flood Hero.

As a finalist, the cash grant will be donated on Ms Wallace's behalf to those helping with the flood relief effort in the community.

Ms Wallace said: “I have got things in mind which are a priority. There are some important things that have to be sorted out first.”

Ms Wallace revealed that the money wouldn't be given to her personally and would be distributed to those in need.

She added: “What I wouldn't want to do is give it away and have it wrongly spent.”

Ms Storm did confirm that part of the money would be spent on restoring memorial benches that had been washed away.

She said: “It is going to be spent on benches and flood lights if they want that still but we still need to speak to the Environment Agency about that.

“I will definitely communicate with the local people if there is any money left.”

In a pre-recorded message aired to the five Flood Heroes, Richard Branson said the non-profit organisation Virgin Unite wanted to donate the money as a thank you.

He said: “I just wanted to say congratulations and well done for all your fantastic work and helping your communities recover from the horrendous flooding that battered the country.

“When I read your stories I was inspired and moved that you just got out there and helped without being asked to help. I think that makes what you have done quite exceptional.”

Mr Branson was part of a judging panel that included flood consultant Mary Dhonau.

Speaking to the Echo, Ms Dhonau said: “Obviously with a name like Storm she couldn't have had a better name.

“We were really impressed with Storm. She was a slightly different flood hero.

“She was one of the only candidates who was nominated by several people.

“It was the fact she was restoring the place to its former glory which helped her stand out.”

Ms Storm and other nominated Flood Heroes will attend a special reception at Downing Street next month to have their work recognised.

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12:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Newground says...

You do have to admire anyone who has the chutzpah to go out print up a 'Storm's fighting the Storm' t-shirt.

Even more so to get yourself photographed while wearing it.

Even more so to grin in the foreground while volunteers do the grunt work in the distant background.

That, alone, is worth £5K.
You do have to admire anyone who has the chutzpah to go out print up a 'Storm's fighting the Storm' t-shirt. Even more so to get yourself photographed while wearing it. Even more so to grin in the foreground while volunteers do the grunt work in the distant background. That, alone, is worth £5K. Newground
  • Score: 25

2:05pm Fri 14 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

"However Ms Storm did confirm that part of the money would be spent on restoring memorial benches that had been washed away"

Very good suggestion Storm. We pay taxes to have the town maintained and fixed where needed (albeit that does not happen. i.e. harbour wall), so leave that to the council. but I could not imagine the council signing to reinstall memorial benches.
"However Ms Storm did confirm that part of the money would be spent on restoring memorial benches that had been washed away" Very good suggestion Storm. We pay taxes to have the town maintained and fixed where needed (albeit that does not happen. i.e. harbour wall), so leave that to the council. but I could not imagine the council signing to reinstall memorial benches. elloello1980
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

Newground wrote:
You do have to admire anyone who has the chutzpah to go out print up a 'Storm's fighting the Storm' t-shirt. Even more so to get yourself photographed while wearing it. Even more so to grin in the foreground while volunteers do the grunt work in the distant background. That, alone, is worth £5K.
those who do, do.

those who wont, criticise on thier local paper website ;)
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: You do have to admire anyone who has the chutzpah to go out print up a 'Storm's fighting the Storm' t-shirt. Even more so to get yourself photographed while wearing it. Even more so to grin in the foreground while volunteers do the grunt work in the distant background. That, alone, is worth £5K.[/p][/quote]those who do, do. those who wont, criticise on thier local paper website ;) elloello1980
  • Score: -12

2:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PortlandIsAShambles says...

Still a massive chav.
Still a massive chav. PortlandIsAShambles
  • Score: 23

12:01am Sat 15 Mar 14

I'mavoter says...

Coming soon.... "Storm Wallace, The Musical"
Coming soon.... "Storm Wallace, The Musical" I'mavoter
  • Score: 8

12:13am Sat 15 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage.

Any more special needs cases?
Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage. Any more special needs cases? Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 21

7:43am Sat 15 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

Sigurd Hoberth wrote:
Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage.

Any more special needs cases?
Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoberth[/bold] wrote: Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage. Any more special needs cases?[/p][/quote]Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth. JamesYoung
  • Score: 2

8:36am Sat 15 Mar 14

codlips says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Sigurd Hoberth wrote:
Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage.

Any more special needs cases?
Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth.
Well said James, I don't understand the hatred of her, which is mainly from Portlanders by the look of it.Could any of you above posters who slate her explain why please?
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoberth[/bold] wrote: Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage. Any more special needs cases?[/p][/quote]Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Well said James, I don't understand the hatred of her, which is mainly from Portlanders by the look of it.Could any of you above posters who slate her explain why please? codlips
  • Score: 5

9:14am Sat 15 Mar 14

purple vonny says...

codlips wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
Sigurd Hoberth wrote:
Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage.

Any more special needs cases?
Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth.
Well said James, I don't understand the hatred of her, which is mainly from Portlanders by the look of it.Could any of you above posters who slate her explain why please?
I think anything that keeps our coast and sea clean is a good idea. Storm should not be slated for what she has done. However, neither should she take credit for organising two beach cleans. Someone above commented that she is better the rest of Weymouth and Portland residents. I entirely disagree with this. I, personally, have organised 3 beach cleans (the last one at Chesil on Saturday 11th January 2014) and taken part in many more, organised by different environmental groups. Each time I have been staggered by the number of people (hundreds overall) who will spend all day getting dirty and getting back ache purely for the joy of seeing a clean beach. Non of these fine people have awards. Furthermore, as divers we are very aware of the importance of keeping the ocean clean and we educate and clean up as much as we can. Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Marine Conservation Society also organise beach cleans and the "Litter Free Land and Sea" campaign has encouraged many un-named hard working volunteers to give up their time to keep our beaches beautiful. I think there may have a been an element of advertising and self promotion going on and that may be what is causing some annoyance.
Having said all that, I hope that you keep cleaning the beach, Storm, and I hope that you continue to get the deep satisfaction that we all do when we see the beaches looking as nature intended.
[quote][p][bold]codlips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoberth[/bold] wrote: Worth every penny to shut up this unmerited clam, then have to suffer her self entitlement whining attention seeking twottage. Any more special needs cases?[/p][/quote]Look, undoubtedly this girl went out of her way to help out. If she gets some personal benefit from this, should we really object? I certainly don't. And to the other poster, she may be a "chav" (i'm really not sure of the definition) but she's proved she's better than most of the other 50,000 people living in and around Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Well said James, I don't understand the hatred of her, which is mainly from Portlanders by the look of it.Could any of you above posters who slate her explain why please?[/p][/quote]I think anything that keeps our coast and sea clean is a good idea. Storm should not be slated for what she has done. However, neither should she take credit for organising two beach cleans. Someone above commented that she is better the rest of Weymouth and Portland residents. I entirely disagree with this. I, personally, have organised 3 beach cleans (the last one at Chesil on Saturday 11th January 2014) and taken part in many more, organised by different environmental groups. Each time I have been staggered by the number of people (hundreds overall) who will spend all day getting dirty and getting back ache purely for the joy of seeing a clean beach. Non of these fine people have awards. Furthermore, as divers we are very aware of the importance of keeping the ocean clean and we educate and clean up as much as we can. Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Marine Conservation Society also organise beach cleans and the "Litter Free Land and Sea" campaign has encouraged many un-named hard working volunteers to give up their time to keep our beaches beautiful. I think there may have a been an element of advertising and self promotion going on and that may be what is causing some annoyance. Having said all that, I hope that you keep cleaning the beach, Storm, and I hope that you continue to get the deep satisfaction that we all do when we see the beaches looking as nature intended. purple vonny
  • Score: 14

9:16am Sat 15 Mar 14

purple vonny says...

Oh, and could some of the award money be spent on more litter bins in the Chesil area? Ideally, recycling bins for glass and plastic so that people are more aware?
Oh, and could some of the award money be spent on more litter bins in the Chesil area? Ideally, recycling bins for glass and plastic so that people are more aware? purple vonny
  • Score: 5

5:30pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Cococo23 says...

mm
mm Cococo23
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Cococo23 says...

Yes I have to agree with purple vonny here. No one is slating this lady for helping out and organising two beach cleans, that's not the issue here. I personally wouldn't knock anyone for giving their time to help others and/or the community. I think the issue here that some people are feeling is that there is clear self promotion going on here. I think the residents of Chiswell, and Underhill in general are feeling a little put out, seeing as many people have given countless hours of time over the years to take part in beach clean ups and other community events to help raise money for various events and community projects where no real recognition has taken place. Storm has arrived (from the top of the island I may add, not from the Chiswell community) during the spate of bad weather and has somehow made herself very publicly known, the attention somewhat being diverted from the storm and damage itself and the work of everyone else who, as stated before, have put in hours of work before this winter. I'll say again, I am not knocking this lady for the work she has done, but I think as I have explained, that's why there is an aspect of animosity from other residents of the island. I think when someone is labelled a 'hero' for organising a beach clean, things have been taken a little out of perspective perhaps.
Yes I have to agree with purple vonny here. No one is slating this lady for helping out and organising two beach cleans, that's not the issue here. I personally wouldn't knock anyone for giving their time to help others and/or the community. I think the issue here that some people are feeling is that there is clear self promotion going on here. I think the residents of Chiswell, and Underhill in general are feeling a little put out, seeing as many people have given countless hours of time over the years to take part in beach clean ups and other community events to help raise money for various events and community projects where no real recognition has taken place. Storm has arrived (from the top of the island I may add, not from the Chiswell community) during the spate of bad weather and has somehow made herself very publicly known, the attention somewhat being diverted from the storm and damage itself and the work of everyone else who, as stated before, have put in hours of work before this winter. I'll say again, I am not knocking this lady for the work she has done, but I think as I have explained, that's why there is an aspect of animosity from other residents of the island. I think when someone is labelled a 'hero' for organising a beach clean, things have been taken a little out of perspective perhaps. Cococo23
  • Score: 13

7:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

ZeroTolerance says...

Well done Ms Wallace, you have your 15 minutes of fame you've always dreamed of but it's clear to every person on this island that fixating on "Storm vs the storm" sums up thats wrong with this country and our photo op Prime Minister. The beach cleaning has taken place before, it'll take place again and no doubt Storm will have a new set of t-shirts with her face on them.

Praise should go to the silent majority who clean up without reward, without private messages from Richard Branson, and without courting the media (i.e. the two guys who cleaned up the fleet). The only reason David Cameron met with her is because any other Portlander would have knocked the pratt out.
Finally for those of you wondering why there is this negative attention for Ms Wallace from fellow Portlanders its because of one thing. We know her and this is more about her than about a beach.
Well done Ms Wallace, you have your 15 minutes of fame you've always dreamed of but it's clear to every person on this island that fixating on "Storm vs the storm" sums up thats wrong with this country and our photo op Prime Minister. The beach cleaning has taken place before, it'll take place again and no doubt Storm will have a new set of t-shirts with her face on them. Praise should go to the silent majority who clean up without reward, without private messages from Richard Branson, and without courting the media (i.e. the two guys who cleaned up the fleet). The only reason David Cameron met with her is because any other Portlander would have knocked the pratt out. Finally for those of you wondering why there is this negative attention for Ms Wallace from fellow Portlanders its because of one thing. We know her and this is more about her than about a beach. ZeroTolerance
  • Score: 17

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