THE fundraising appeal to support those businesses and residents affected by the New Ferry gas explosion has received a £5,000 donation from Wirral Chamber of Commerce.
The donation was made to the New Ferry Town Team as residents and businesses continue the clean-up operation. Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce says that she hopes the donation will show that Wirral’s businesses community is united, compassionate and committed to supporting the local area:
“Like everyone, I was taken aback at the scale of the devastation caused by this explosion. It was clear from day one that the people of New Ferry were pulling together and Wirral Chamber wanted to show its solidarity with local businesses and the community.
“I’m glad that we are in a position to provide a small donation, which will begin to help those affected. I have also written to our members, who have responded with offers of support, expertise and of course, financial donations.”
At its fundraising launch, The New Ferry Town Team set out an ambition to try and raise £10,000 in 120 days. This latest donation takes the fundraising total well over this target, following a similar £5,000 donation by Wirral Lions Club. Chair of the New Ferry Town Team, Councillor Warren Ward said: “I’m very grateful to Wirral Chamber and its members for this donation and the ongoing offers of support for our community.
“The ambition is to continue raising as much as we can so that we can alleviate the burden on those most affected. The real work is now starting to rebuild the community. Three quarters of shops are now open for business and there is a real sense of community spirit.”