CSV Producer Andy Kershaw has posted a few photos from his recent jaunt to London for the Sony Radio Academy Awards. The CSV and BBC partnership won the Bronze Award in the Community Category for their Good Neighbour Appeal which recruited volunteers, items and money to support victims of the 2007 floods in South Yorkshire.
The CSV Good Neighbour Scheme at BBC Radio Sheffield started in June 2007 when the floods hit. As well as donations in money (which reached over £93,000 at the time of writing, 19th December 2007), these are some of the things which were donated:
:: 107 volunteers (including from Nabarro, HSBC and Sheffield Hallam University)
:: 198 fridge freezers
:: 111 cookers
:: 693 beds
:: 527 dining tables and chairs
:: 412 three-piece suites
:: 16,000 Kit-Kats
:: 70,000 Cup-a-Soups
:: 40 pallets of cleaning materials
:: £60,000 of bed linen from Roseby’s
:: 100 sofas from ILVA Ltd.
:: John Lewis of Sheffield donated five gas cookers, five electric cookers, eight refrigerators, three fridge freezers and ten washing machines
:: Two x 7.5 tonne trucks for six weeks from Hill Hire in Bradford
:: 26 DVD players
:: 301 colour TVs
:: 3398 offers and donations
:: 145 families have requested help
:: 60 families have had parts of their requests for help met
:: 11 families have been fully assisted
:: 7500 homes flooded
:: One day trip for 140 children to Scarborough on July 16th
:: Two transit vans for six weeks from Alliance Van Hire in Sheffield
:: £5000 from HSBC Community Scheme
:: £2000 from Waitrose, Sheffield
:: £500 in vouchers from Wilkinsons
:: 1000 litres of diesel from Brightbus in Treeton (thanks to Mick Strafford)
:: Three months free parking and security courtesy of Sheffield City Council
:: Protective clothing and gloves from Arden Winch in Sheffield
:: Four heavy duty sack barrows from Mudfords in Sheffield
:: Six rolls of industrial clingfilm from Greenhams in Sheffield
:: £250 from the Frenchgate Centre for the Toll Bar Children’s Christmas Party
:: £4000 from the SYCF Fund to Shiregreen Community Centre
:: £2000 Tesco Vouchers
Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Action Desk Producer says, “there’s more when I can think of it! Thanks and apologies to anyone I’ve missed off.”
I’m really proud of this project – a great example of the power of radio – and volunteers – in being able to respond quickly and effectively to very real problems….
By Ben Cook, Third Sector Online, 27 June 2007
CSV is launching a volunteer taskforce to help deal with the destruction caused by the South Yorkshire floods.
The volunteering charity will be assembling a team of full time young volunteers already working on projects in the region to join staff at CSV Action to help co-ordinate the rescue efforts.
The project, which will be known as the Good Neighbour Volunteer Campaign and is based at BBC Radio Sheffield, will also seek hundreds of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire residents to help with the clear up operation.
CSV said it decided to help after it was contacted by David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and a former CSV trustee. The operation follows CSV’s response to other emergencies including the Birmingham tornado in 2005.
‘We’re setting up a register, much like they did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in other parts of the world where people help each other,’ said Andy Kershaw, CSV Action Producer at BBC Radio Sheffield. ‘We’re offering to put people who need help with clearing cellars and homes, getting clean water and clothing and accessing support services in touch with people who can offer help with time and skills to others.’
To sign up to help call the CSV Action line at BBC Radio Sheffield on 0114 267 5444 or email email@example.com