News - Whalley & District Lions Club – Helping Flooded Communities

A month after the Boxing Day Floods the Whalley & District Lions are still actively supporting the Ribble Valley Flood victims

Severe flooding, gale-force winds, and heavy rainfall accompanied Christmas and New Year among many local communities.  In response Whalley & District Lions Club has set up a Community Disaster Fund to support the relief efforts.

Volunteer members of Whalley & District Lions Clubs have been working tirelessly in Whalley and surrounding villages in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, affected by the unprecedented weather conditions. Even a month after the floods have hit the club is busy supporting individuals, families and businesses in the recovery process following the initial floods and clean up operation.

“Wherever disasters happen in the world, Lions Clubs are on hand to offer help immediately and in the longer term” explains Simon Moss, Lions Clubs International: British Isles and Ireland chairman.

“Right now, our own local communities need practical assistance, and Lions Clubs have responded to help those who are struggling to cope.”

Nigel Evans MP for the Ribble Valley participated in the flood discussions in Parliament on 6 January 2016 said:

“A four-minute limit will not allow us to name all the people we would love to mention and thank publicly, so we will have to do it in another way. Let me just mention Gillian Darbyshire of the Whalley Lions and her entire team, who have given up 10 days of their Christmas holidays to man the emergency centre in Whalley. They were absolutely superb.”

Now a month later the Lion Club members and their strong team of volunteers are still supporting their community. Many of the 250 households affected have had support by the team with clearing the homes after the initial aftermath of the floods.

The above is an extract of an article published on 26th January 2016 on www.visitwhalley.com. Please click here to read the full original article…