UK Community Foundations (UKCF) today welcomed Walmart Foundation’s grant of £175,000 towards its UK Winter Flood Recovery Appeal. Walmart Foundation is the charitable arm of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., parent company of Asda. The Asda and Walmart Foundations have put forward more than £675,000 to help flood recovery efforts.
UKCF Chief Executive, Fabian French said: “We are delighted to have received such a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation as part of their mission to give people access to a better life in areas that they serve. The donation will go to locally managed programmes that will make a positive impact on their communities.”
The money will be distributed to the eight UK community foundations in the areas currently devastated by flood and storm damage to meet the urgent need of supporting the clean-up operations, emergency repairs, clothing, food, water, heating and child care.
Alex Simpson, Chair of the Asda Foundation said: “These floods have been an extremely challenging time for families and communities across the UK, so we welcome the additional £175,000 from the Walmart Foundation to support the UK Winter Flood Recover Appeal. On top of this the Asda Foundation is still supporting and working with local communities affected with its £500,000 local disaster fund.
The community foundations will ensure that the money is distributed to where it can be used most effectively with priority given to supporting the most vulnerable including the elderly, people on low incomes, families with young children and those with additional support needs.
Since the launch on 5 January 2016 the UK Community Foundations UK Winter Flood Recovery Appeal has raised over £400,000 to help flood victims.