North Devon Council has received a cheque from listeners of the Voice FM for £777 towards their flood victims fund.

Voice FM Station Manager, Jim Trevelyan presented Councillor Caroline Leaver and Councillor Robbie Mack from North Devon Council with the cheque at their studio today (3 November 2020).

The money was generously donated by listeners of the radio station to help support people who were hit hardest by the flash floods which hit North Devon on 17 August 2020.

The one off fund, which councillors have also donated to from their Community Councillor Grants, is now available to those residing in the district of North Devon who do not have any home insurance. The fund is to help with replacing goods or property which were damaged in the flooding.

Lead Member for Climate Change at North Devon Council, Councillor Caroline Leaver says: "I cannot thank people enough for their generosity. This money is meant specifically for people who are experiencing hardship as a result of the catastrophic downpour on 17 August and are in real need because of it. The donations will join the money that councillors have donated from their community grants."

Local ward member for Barnstaple Central, Councillor Robbie Mack, says: "The Voice listeners have once again proved what a fantastic bunch of people they are. I would like to say thank you so much to everyone who donated to this fund and also I'd like to thank community groups, including the Bridge Trust who also offered help and support to flooding victims, including one resident who was offered temporary accommodation with her dog while her home is being refurbished. It just goes to show what a wonderful community we have here in North Devon."

Jim Trevelyan, station manager says: "I’d like to thank all our listeners who kindly donated this money to help people that were affected by the flooding, it's great to see the community pulling together like this, and it’s the reason we are here, to help facilitate community and charity activity. We are all getting through a tough time, and the flooding compounded this for many. The great thing about North Devon is that we care about our neighbours, we still have that strong sense of togetherness, let’s never lose that, and keep looking after each other. Thank you all again."

Applications are now being taken for one of two levels of funding:

Level 1: Up to £500 in cases where households have incurred significant loss of personal possessions and or damage to property or furnishings, and do not have sufficient resources to replace lost items and or pay for repairs/ refurbishment

Level 2: Up to £1000 in cases as above, but where there is also an immediate health and well being risk. The money can be used to provide any measures which will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the occupants.

In order to demonstrate insufficient resources, applications are sought from those on low incomes, namely those in receipt of Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.

Applicants must have logged their property on Devon County Councils Flood Online Reporting Tool (FORT) prior to making their application.

If you need assistance with registering your property as flooded on FORT please contact the council’s Customer Services Team on 01271 327711.

To apply for the funding, please visit the council's website.