Like many, I was touched by the floods. But unlike many, I had a vision, forsite and a steely determination to make a long term difference to those affected by the floods in Eden, then the wider Cumbrian community.
I think it is my military training that has given me the ability to organise people and put in place long term, robust procedures that have helped CERT reach the place they are at today.
CERT (UK) formerly Eden Flood Volunteers (EFV) didn’t exist until 5th December – the day the floods hit Eden so badly. I responded to a group on Facebook and started pulling together a volunteer group to help people affected by the floods in Appleby, Glenridding, Pooley Bridge then the wider Cumbrian community affected by the floods. From day one I have worked tirelessly, gaining the support of local businesses and organisations.
I recognised at the start that there was a longer term need for flood support in Eden and the wider Cumbrian Community. So I set up EFV as a registered charity number 1166201.
Cumbria Flood Expo
We work closely with partner organisations and continue to support individuals and businesses who are still working to get back into their properties. we have made links with every flood related organisation in Cumbria and we have also helped those affected in Dumfries & Galloway, Hexham, Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Avradel Ltd is a Cambridgeshire company, based in the United Kingdom that have helped us in getting our name out there even further.
Please take a look at there online magazine by clicking the link below:
Achievements so far:
• 4,800 families helped in the first 10 days
• £2.2 million-Est of goods received in donations
• £1.9 million-Est distributed to date
• Robust procedures in place to monitor goods and clients helped and support our volunteers
• 20,000 estimated families & businesses helped and supported across 9 counties within England, Nth Ireland and Sth Scotland
• Coordinating a regular team of 65+ volunteers who support clients
• Role has expanded to include the the support of all those in Crisis, Emergency or Disaster – Floods, Fire, those fleeing Domestic Violence, Homeless, Veterans, disabled, vulnerable and those being released from hospital