Hull’s Lord Mayor calls for support for the city’s twin town in Sierra Leone

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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Hull’s Lord Mayor is urging residents to support the city’s twin town following serious flooding.

Freetown in Sierra Leone, which is still recovering from Ebola, saw torrential rain cause severe flooding last week, which led to 3,800  become homeless and even claiming lives.

Emergency accommodation has been set up at the National Stadium to provide people who have lost their homes with somewhere to stay until the floods have subsided and the government can allocate land for homes to be rebuilt.

The Freetown Society has set up an urgent appeal for funding to help those families who are now living in the open stadium with support from local charity organisations, UNICEF and the Sierra Leone Red Cross.

The Freetown Society has had a link with Freetown since 1981 and seeks to strengthen links between the communities of Hull and Freetown.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Harrison  said:

“People were so generous last time with their donations to help Freetown fight Ebola, one of the worst affected areas and I hope that people will again show their support and generosity.

“Our thoughts are with the 3,800 people from Freetown whose have lost everything in this natural disaster. We hope that the donations from people in this area collected by the Freetown Society will go some way in helping to support the recovery of people and the city.”

Because of the long term relationship the Freetown Society has with local organisations on the ground any help goes directly to those that need it.

The Freetown Society is aiming to raise £5,000 in 30 days. People who donate to this fund raising effort will help local organisations provide urgently needed food, clothing and medicine to desperate people in Freetown.

Please give any funds you can by donating through the Freetown Society crowd funding page: or by sending a cheque payable to: Freetown Society, The Guildhall, Hull HU1 2AA.

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Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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