Torus Foundation have received donations of furniture and soft furnishings from IKEA Warrington to support those impacted by flooding earlier in the year.
When flooding hit areas of Warrington, hundreds of homes were impacted and more than 80 Torus households were forced to evacuate, leaving many of their possessions behind. Now, almost three months on, there are still households across Warrington recovering from the devastating effects the flooding has had on their homes.
IKEA’s kind donations of chairs, tables, rugs, wallpaper and throws to Torus Foundation are currently being distributed to Torus tenants and the wider neighbourhoods thanks to partner organisations in the community who are coordinating Warrington Borough Council’s ongoing flood response.
As news broke of the flooding, in addition to the Foundation, colleagues across the Torus group including the landlord and HMS teams, came together to urgently support Torus tenants and members of the wider community.
Kate Shone, Torus Foundation’s Managing Director said,
“The Foundation is extremely grateful for the donation received from IKEA, which will make an important difference to those trying to rebuild their lives after the flooding.
“We’re also thankful for the collaborative working the Foundation has with local organisations who have come together to maximise support for those living within Torus communities.”
A spokesperson for IKEA adds,
“The recent extreme flooding in Warrington have created a storm of acute needs for vulnerable families within our local area; making IKEA’s vision to create a better everyday life for the many people more relevant than ever.
“We’ve been supporting our local communities and groups in the best way that we can and we hope that our donation will make life a little bit more comfortable for those people in need.”
Working first-hand with those affected, Sam Birchall (pictured above), Health and Wellbeing Officer at Torus Foundation adds,
“Replacing any belongings destroyed by the flooding could not only put a huge emotional strain on someone but could also add a financial strain that people aren’t prepared for. These items are going to make a big difference to many families.”
We’d also like to thank Hertz who as one of IKEA’s core partners kindly provided the transportation to deliver all of the goods donated.
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