Newsprint’s benevolent fund helps flood victims
THE recent floods caused widespread devastation around the north of England and Scotland and many homes and businesses have been left with a heart-breaking mess to clear up.
It is not only property that has been ruined, people’s lives have been wrecked as well. But help is at hand for some victims from a little known source – benevolent funds.
Up and down the country there are more than 100 benevolent funds and trusts that help people in need and many flood victims might well be able to ask one of these benevolent funds for help.
One such fund is the NewstrAid Benevolent Fund.
Founded in 1839 in Fleet Street and counting Charles Dickens among its former presidents, NewstrAid helps anyone from the UK newspaper and magazine trade who falls on hard times – and few things can be harder than trying to get one’s life, home or business back on track after a devastating flood.
NewstrAid is already helping a number of people left shattered by the recent floods and could help more if only they knew that help was available.
NewstrAid helps anyone who works in or has worked in the retailing, wholesaling or distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK.
A call to their helpline on 01279 879569 or an email to their welfare team at oldben@ newstraid.org.uk may well result in much needed help and assistance in recovering from the worst flooding in living memory.
Many other benevolent funds and trusts can also be accessed by going to www.turn2us.org.uk and checking to see if there is an organisation that could help.
●● A clean-up operation after the flooding