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Issue:- Monday, 4 January 2016

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Flood Appeal Confirms Help for Latest Flood Victims

THE Lancashire Flood Appeal confirmed that it will support vulnerable people affected by flooding over Christmas as well as those affected by Storm Desmond earlier in December 2015.

The Appeal was launched by the Community Foundation for Lancashire on 8 December, 2015 with a £5,000 donation. When launched it aimed to help nearly 1,000 people in hardship across Lancashire who had been affected by the flooding caused by Storm Desmond, especially in Lancaster and Wyre. Just before Christmas the Appeal announced that it aimed to reach £300,000 and it now extends to help those victims of flooding in Lancashire over Christmas, especially in the Chorley area.

Appeal funding is available to vulnerable people and households in hardship who have been affected by flooding in Lancashire throughout December 2015. Funding is available to replace damaged goods for uninsured properties, such as ruined clothes, lost children's toys and new white goods, to provide food essentials and travel costs to and from temporary accommodation as well as specialist medical equipment. Funding is also available to charities and community groups helping with the recovery work, such as food banks. Applications for funding can be made via:- LancsFloodAppeal.Org.UK. This funding is in addition to Government funds that all households affected by flooding will receive.

Community Foundation Chief Executive Cathy Elliott said:- "It is terrible that Lancashire has now faced further flooding, especially over what should be the festive season. Our Lancashire Flood Appeal, generously supported by many people and companies in the county, supports vulnerable people and households in hardship who are victims of this new flooding as well as those affected by Storm Desmond in our county. We are here to help people in the greatest need. The flooding is now at unprecedented levels and our thoughts are not only with fellow Lancastrians who have been affected, but also those in Cumbria and now Yorkshire, especially those evacuated over Christmas."

The Community Foundation is working in partnership with Lancashire County Council and other district Councils on emergency response and flood recovery work.

Donations to the Lancashire Flood Appeal can be made by texting:- 'LFLD15' and the amount, eg:- '£10' to:- '70070' or visit the appeal online.

Surge in calls to North West Ambulance Service

THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) on 28 December, 2015 had y experienced a significantly high level of demand for its emergency:- 999 and NHS:- 111 services.  As a result they asked the media to stress that people who have a less urgent healthcare should only need to contact their local Pharmacist, visit an NHS Walk In Centre or make an appointment with their GP to get treatment, and not call for an Ambulance!  Since that update that are now they are asking people to remember that less urgent healthcare should be obtained all year round from local Pharmacist, NHS NHS Walk In Centres or GP's.   "Over 2016, we would be very grateful to the people of the North West if they would only call in a real emergency and consider all the above alternatives 1st. This will enable the service to effectively prioritise those patients who are more vulnerable and in most need of urgent health advice and treatment. This is all year round, not just over special occasions like Christmas and New Year." said a spokesman for NWAS. So please help the North West to make a New Years revolution to remind people that:- "if you are suffering with a seasonal ailment such as a sore throat or cold and are otherwise fit and well please consider self care 1st."

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