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Kirkstall floods – crowdfunders raise thousands to help businesses

5 January 2016

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Crowdfunding appeals to help businesses and organisations down Kirkstall Road have so far raised thousands of pounds – thanks to the generosity of the people of Leeds and beyond.

The Dispatch has already featured the fundraising efforts of a number of organisations along Kirkstall Road whose premises were devastated by the Boxing Day floods when the River Aire burst its banks, causing untold damage to people’s livelihoods.

 

Below is a guide to how some of the appeals are going, a week and a half after the floods hit …

Apologies if we’ve inadvertently missed anyone out – email us news@westleedsdispatch.com if you’d like including.

Seagulls Paints

A fundraiser for Seagulls Paint has raised £2,285 to help support the clean up process – £285 more than their appeal total.

Seagulls is an environmental social enterprise working to promote and develop a community resource in Leeds. Its reuse scheme saves 140 tonnes of paint a year from going to landfill and saves people money.

Seagulls is set to reopen for business tomorrow, why not pay them a visit?

Freedom Mills

£1,150 has been raised so far to help re-build Freedom Mills off Kirkstall Road and fix all the damage that the flooding caused. Still time to help the club with this one – check out the link here.

Freedom Mills was just about to open for its first night when the river burst the banks and wrecked the business. Organisers say they weren’t not covered by insurance as they were due to open in February. The Boxing Day event was due to help raise funds to finish everything off…

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Under water: Aire Place Studios

Aire Place Studios

At Aire Place Studios, £1,235 of a £1,500 target has been raised to help the artist studios, due to officially open next month prior to the floods, back on their feet. Please do help if you can – the owners are heartbroken but battling back …

Blueberry Hill Studios

Severe flooding has led to the lossande destruction of lots of equipment at Blueberry Hill Studio. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment has been lost as well as items of sentiment and irreplaceable equipment, owned by the studio, and the musicians who practice at Blueberry Hill.

Their crowdfunding appeal has so far raised £3,454 but more is still needed!




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naomi says:

Please help my dads 3 man family business that got destroyed for the boxing day flood on kirkstall road. unfortunately for him nothing could be saved and owing 7 arches full of goods, he has lost everything. I’ve started a fundraiser for him as a surprise. Please help if you can, any little help. If you can’t fund please share this on your facebook.
Please and Thankyou

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