Appeal for donations after The Underground Centre in King’s Cliffe left damaged from flooding
A charity has launched an appeal for donations after flooding caused thousands of pounds worth of damages.
The Underground Centre in King’s Cliffe was badly hit by flooding in December, which caused damage to both the building, furniture and children’s resources.
Volunteers have begun cleaning the building but due to the equipment being used by children, anything which was not in a sealed container at the time of flooding will have to be thrown away due to a risk of contamination.
Katy Weeks, founder, said: “It’s so sad as we’ve lost so much on the back of covid too.
“I haven’t seen it as I’m shielding but seeing the photos is awful. We are 13-years-old in May and all those years worth of stuff we’ve built up is being thrown away.”
She added: “It’s not the first time it’s happened but it was the worst flood we’ve had in many years.
“We will be mindful of putting things further up. Hopefully if it does happen again we can prevent so much loss.”
Before the pandemic the Underground housed a variety of children’s clubs as well as being hired out for events.
The charity has received a grant of £750 from East Northamptonshire Council but is having to appeal to the community for donations to cover the costs and replace equipment. So far £1,700 has been raised out of a £5,000 total.
Katy said: “The community has been amazing, it shows how loved the Underground is.
“There’s been so many parents who have come forward offering to donate things to help us get on our feet again. It’s really the hub of the community for families.”
A virtual quiz will be held on Saturday night to raise funds for repairs. To sign up visit ‘Underground’s Virtual Quiz’ on Facebook.
To make a donation search for the Underground Youth Club on Virgin Money Giving.