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Onchan Rotary Club launches Laxey hardship fund

Appeal launched for those affected by severe flooding

An appeal has been launched by Onchan Rotary Club to raise funds for those affected by the severe flooding in Laxey.

It's to help residents find emergency accommodation, and pay costs that insurance may not cover, such as clothes and repairs to make homes habitable as soon as possible.

Zurich International has donated £25,000 to kick-start the fund, meaning help can be offered straight away, according to coordinator Nigel Dobson.

He says every penny will be put to good use, with all donations distributed to those villagers in need of assistance.

President of Onchan Rotary Doctor Frank Vaughan, a resident of Laxey, adds that after sending thousands in overseas aid, it's right to address 'a real hardship on our own front door'. 

On Tuesday (1 Oct) substantial damage was caused to property and the personal belongings of residents on Glen Road, after the village was hit by a major flood.

As local authorities cannot fundraise, Garff Commissioners asked the Rotary Club to launch the appeal with the help of Mr Dobson, who's a member of both organisations.

* Information for donations: 

Donations can be made by cheque, made payable to the Rotary Club of Onchan – Charity Account. Please send to Laxey Fund, Rotary Club of Onchan, c/o Garff Commissioners Office, 35 New Road, Laxey, IM4 7BG or by online banking to Rotary Club of Onchan – Charity Account, Lloyds Bank, Victory House Douglas, Account number 00711886, sort code, 30-12-80, reference Laxey appeal. Mr Dobson can be contacted at nigel@suremail.im

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