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Asda Foundation gives emergency funding to flood victims in Purley on Thames

February 08, 2021 12:26 PM

Residents of Purley on Thames whose homes were hit by severe flooding have received emergency cleaning equipment from our Tilehurst store – with some of it even being delivered by canoe.

After seeing the devastation on the news the store's community champion Jacqueline Fieldsend arranged for a £1,000 Asda Foundation grant to buy materials to help with the big clean-up operation.

She said some residents were able to collect cleaning items from a base in the village while others had to be brought them by flood wardens using canoes.

Jacqueline said: "Residents such as Julie Anderson and her daughters Casey and Bay were very grateful for the mops etc that they received.

"Although their flood doors have done a fab job they still have water coming up from the floor – but at least it’s clear! So mops, buckets and bleach were very welcome.

"I don’t think anyone can appreciate what it’s like, looking from the outside. Some residents who don’t have flood doors will have more mess and mud to clean up.

"I'm so glad that we were able to help in some way."