This evening, Welsh actor Michael Sheen launched a GoFundMe campaign to help those in Wales whose homes and lives have been turned upside down by the recent extreme weather.
The initial target for the campaign is £10,000, however, Sheen hopes people from all over the world will be able to rally behind the campaign to help raise more money for those affected near his home borough of Neath Port Talbot, the surrounding areas and beyond.
Sheen comments: “The devastation that Storm Dennis has left behind is very real and thousands of people across the UK have lost everything. Friends and family of mine have been affected in South Wales and my hope is that we can raise money to help with the rescue efforts on the frontline”.
He continues: “I’m aware there are many crowdfunding campaigns already live for specific causes, please do continue to donate to these. Anything anyone can give, big or small, will be hugely appreciated and help tremendously with those who are working around the clock to bring people to safety”.
All the money raised from this campaign will go to the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), which Sheen has been the President of since 2017. All funds raised will be held centrally by WCVA and distributed to communities across Wales with those worst affected, taking priority. WCVA will work in partnership with County Voluntary Councils (CVCs), to ensure that the funds raised are managed effectively and received by groups and organisations taking action to respond to flooding events, ensuring benefit to those most at need.
The flooding is predicted to worsen as more rain is expected this evening with yellow Met Office weather warnings issued for North and South Wales. Four more days of rain this week is set to result in a ‘national emergency’, with officials urging residents to evacuate. Snow is also expected to fall across the country from March 1st.
Donations can be made at: www.gofundme.com/helpwalesafterstormdennis