The Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded a grant to the Appleby Emergency Response Group, to allow them to install a new, modern, remotely activated siren to warn residents of impending floods. The Fund has given out more than £300,000 of grants in its most recent round of funding.
Appleby is a community recognised at being at risk of flooding, and has experienced several floods in the recent past, including devastation in December 2015 following Storm Desmond.
Mandy Morland, Project Coordinator said: “This project will fulfil the wishes and needs of the residents of Appleby, and the chosen location for the siren at the Cricket Club, alongside the river banks in the centre of town, will ensure we are considering the full community.
“Without this grant funding we would not be able to progress with this project, and we are very grateful to The Prince’s Countryside Fund for supporting us.”
Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “We are thrilled to be able to support such a deserving and worthwhile project as the Appleby Emergency Response Group with much needed funds, and we are grateful to all of supporters and corporate partners for their generous donations which allow us to continue with our vital work.
“The Fund has supported many rural communities in times of emergency following catastrophic natural events, and it is great to see the residents of Appleby taking matters into their own hands and preparing for future bad weather.”
To find out more about financial support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants. The Fund is next open for grant applications in January 2019.