Traders moved to tears as £6,000 grant given to flood-hit firms in Shrewsbury

By Lisa O'Brien | Shrewsbury | Business | Published:

A £6,000 grant given by a Rotary club to flood-hit businesses in Shrewsbury moved some traders to tears, Rotarians have been told.

Flooding in Coleham

Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club made the donation to 12 Longden Coleham businesses following the recent flooding.

In her report to the club, Karen Williams, foodbank PLUS project lead, said: “Many traders were moved, some shed tears and for others it helped them realise that the wider business community of Shrewsbury wanted to support them in a significant way despite not being asked to do so.

“As of today some shops have not been able to reopen, complicated further by the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak.

“The speed with which we were able to distribute this grant was a significant factor especially given the ability to follow a simple process and distribute the funds accordingly.”

Eight out of 12 traders received 100 per cent of what they asked for.

Karen approached all local traders with a leaflet and carried out face-to-face conversation where possible.

She said traders had responded with a ‘massive thank you’ for the quick response from Rotary.

One said: “I burst into tears, I am overwhelmed by the generosity and so grateful.

"It will help towards our recovery tremendously.”

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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