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Weʼre raising £100,000 to help and support the residents in the village of Fishlake to recover from the floods

Fishlake, Doncaster

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On the evening of Friday 8th November, after being advised by the Environment Agency that there was no danger of flooding - the village of Fishlake was overwhelmed by a torrent of water from the River Don.

The community, local farmers, the Hare & Hounds pub, the Old Butchers Cafe, and adjacent communities have all been amazing, with everyone doing their best to assist. Special mention for the Fire & Rescue Services who have been brought in from North Wales, West Midlands and Cumbria. Absolutely fantastic people to whom the village will always be immensely grateful.

Food and supplies have been delivered to St Cuthbert's Church for distribution, and while there is devastation throughout the village, it has been heartwarming to receive such strong support from total strangers. Much of the recovery effort has been in the neighbouring village of Stainforth, an area of limited wealth, but where the residents have dug deep to assist us. Absolutely brilliant!!

Whilst we are doing our best to sort the issues in the village, the decimation is immense and will take many months, if not years, to fully recover. While spirits remain remarkably high, we have now begun to encounter a new problem - insurance companies are now indicating that flood damage is not included within the general cover. We even have an instance of a policy, (which did include flood cover), being renewed with flood cover excluded on the renewal - without the insured being made aware!

My name is Dean Edwards, and I'm a Fishlake resident. My family and I have been extremely fortunate. We are surrounded by water, and cannot leave the village, but, while the water came within and inch or two of flooding our property, so far we are dry. The majority of our friends and neighbours have been less fortunate, and we would like to get them back into their homes as soon as possible.

All monies donated will go to restoring homes for the elderly and vulnerable, and those who have found themselves unsupported by insurers, at least back to a basic level of habitation. Any surplus funds will be given to our friends at Bentley, and other communities suffering similarly. Thank you for your support. Appreciated.

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  • Dean Edwards24 days ago
    Dean Edwards

    Dean Edwards

    24 days ago

    I'm trying to send a 'thank you' to everyone who has offered support through our Justgiving page, but the reply I am allowed to post can only be relatively brief. To everyone who has donated, at a time when the village is at a low ebb, your kind consideration means so much. We have had contact from people who previously lived in the village, who have friends or family here, and from total strangers who just want to help. I can be a belligerent old cuss, but the messages of support are truly heartwarming. Fishlake cannot thank you all enough xx

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  • Dean Edwards25 days ago
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    Dean Edwards

    25 days ago

    Apologies to all that I have been lapse with updates. Water has now virtually gone from the village though pumps are still hard at work draining the surrounding fields. The farmers are continuing to struggle in very difficult circumstances. Many residents have returned over recent days to view their property. Some have relatively minor damage, but many more have properties where the ground floor is totally devastated. Most are being advised that it will be at least 6 months before properties will be restored, and more likely to be longer.

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  • Dean Edwards1 month ago
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    Dean Edwards

    1 month ago

    Many servicemen and women in the village Wednesday and Thursday but now departed. Thank you to all of them for their efforts. The pumps are now in full flow and water levels continue to fall, though a number of properties remain under water. Insurers are in the village assessing the damage, though it looks like we will have a few arguments as an increasing number are being advised they are not covered for flood. Thanks for your support. A long way to go to get the village back on it's feet, but with your help we will get there!! Please Share!!

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Page last updated on: 12/15/2019 17.17

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303

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 15, 2019

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 15, 2019

    I hope you reach your target x

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 10, 2019

    £28.00

  • Kevin Blackburn

    Kevin Blackburn

    Dec 10, 2019

    Hi, I just lost my job, but at least I have a house and savings, and recognise need in people worse off than ourselves!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 10, 2019

    Well done for setting this up, just a very small contribution to assist the community at such a terrible time for you all. My heart goes out to you all, I hope you all get back into your homes soon

    £30.00

  • Goole Amater Operatic & Dramatic Society

    Goole Amater Operatic & Dramatic Society

    Dec 9, 2019

    From all the members of Goole Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. We hope this small donation will help to rebuild lives in Fishlake, our hearts are with you all.

    £150.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 5, 2019

    Best wishes to all those affected.

    £10.00

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Dean Edwards

Dean Edwards

Fishlake, Doncaster

Fishlake resident for over 20 years. Old, generally miserable overweight grumpy sod, but surrounded by great friends and neighbours who put up with my shortcomings. Now doing anything I can to help those around me who have been overtaken by the devastating floods. x

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