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Street shoppers raise money for Somerset flood victims

By Centralsomgaz  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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Shoppers at a Street supermarket were extremely generous over the weekend in donating money for flood relief on the Somerset Levels.

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club contacted Sainsbury's on Friday to seek their support in allowing the collection to take place and received an immediate positive response. Members of the club were able to be stationed in the foyer of Sainsbury's store on Saturday and collected £1539.

Lions Clubs in the south-west have received a grant of £10,000 from their national association for flood relief on the Somerset Levels. To ensure that this money and further funds raised find those most in need the Lions will be working with Somerset Community Foundation.

A Lions Flood Committee, including Lions from Bridgwater and Glastonbury and Street, has been set up to work with the Foundation

Spokesman for the Lions David Atkins said: "We made an application to our National Association for a grant last Wednesday and had a reply within 12 hours which shows organisations like us can react quickly.

"The response from the general public whilst collecting was remarkable with very much a sense that local people wanted to help local people.

"In addition to the funds collected at Sainsbury's £195 was collected at the Ashcott Village Supper and there is a collection bucket at Strode Theatre."

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club is hoping to arrange a further collection this coming weekend at a location to be confirmed in Street.

Due to a commitment to an event in Shepton Mallet they are looking for helpers. Anyone who is willing to give the Lions an hour or so to help collect please contact David Atkins on 01458 443055.

If you wish to donate either on-line or over the telephone please contact the Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 or via their website www.somersetcf.org.uk.

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