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Flood hit churches receive thousands in funding

The north of England suffered severe flooding in November which devastated parts of South Yorkshire.

Fishlake in Doncaster was one of the many areas worst affected by the extreme weather, with almost half the village being forced to abandon their homes after 140 houses became submerged in water.

St Cuthbert's in Fishlake was quick to respond to the crisis, providing hot meals, shelter and clothing to evacuees.

In a bid to see St Cuthbert's relief effort continue, the Allchurches Trust has awarded the church a £2,500 grant.

Churchwarden of St Cuthbert's Peter Pridham told Premier the church has been a life line to many in the community.

"Without the church facility being available, and it's been open ever since the night of the floods, there was no other place in the village that would be able to fulfil that role," he said.

Pridham says he is "extremely grateful for the grant" as the church's running costs have "doubled since the floods began". The money will help to cover heating bills and provide vital supplies for victims, including food and warm clothes.

Allchurches Trust has also given a grant of £600 to St Peter's Church in Bentley which also fell victim to the flooding.

St Peter's has been offering practical help to the local community, supplying people with bacon sandwiches and hot drinks following the floods. The church has also appointed a volunteer community worker to work six days a week to co-ordinate support to the residents of over 300 homes affected.

Revd Dave Berry, the Vicar at St Peter's, said 'We are so grateful for the support of the Allchurches Trust in making this grant.

A local flood relief fund opened by the church has also raised more than £28,000 in donations to help people get back into their homes.

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