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UK News The amazing idea by film star Michael Sheen to help battered and devastated Storm Dennis flood victims in Wales

00:00  20 february  2020
00:00  20 february  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Michael Sheen looking at the camera: Michael Sheen has launched a fund to help people affected by Storm Dennis © Michael Sheen/Twitter Michael Sheen has launched a fund to help people affected by Storm Dennis

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has launched a fundraising appeal to help people in Wales affected by Storm Dennis.

The actor made the announcement on his Twitter page on Wednesday night and hopes to raise funds for different communities across the country.

Sheen has decided to act after witnessing the “heartbreaking” scenes across Wales in recent days, saying he was inspired by seeing people working together in times of need when their homes and communities had been decimated.

Setting an initial target of £10,000, the appeal had raised more than £3,000 in less than an hour.

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Appearing in a video online, Sheen said: “I’m sure you have been watching the images all across the country of people who have had damage done to their homes and businesses, and communities that have been really hard hit by the flooding after Storm Dennis.

“I’ve been watching the images coming out of Wales, particularly in south Wales where my hometown is.

"I had a family member who had to be evacuated from her home on Sunday morning; it’s devastating.

“The effects of Storm Dennis will go on for months and months and months, years in some cases.

“I wanted to do something about it so I’ve set up a place where you can donate. There are other fundraising sites for places all over the country  so don’t stop giving to those, but this is something that will be able to help those who might otherwise fall through the cracks, so please give what you can.”

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More floods have hit towns as extreme weather brought by Storm Dennis continues to cause widespread damage. Residents have been advised to leave their homes in parts of Worcestershire as the River Severn burst its banks. More than 200 flood warnings are in place across England, Wales

Sunday saw the worst of Storm Dennis hit large parts of south Wales, including Pontypridd, Aberdulais, Cardiff and Carmarthen.

Residents in many different locations across the country have spoken this week of their despair as they begin to clean up the mess left behind by the weekend's torrential rain.

a group of people walking down a street: A family looks on as a car is submerged by water in Pontypridd on Sunday morning © Richard Swingler A family looks on as a car is submerged by water in Pontypridd on Sunday morning

Sheen, who grew up in Port Talbot, said he is “speaking to people on the ground right now who are working around the clock to support those affected by the flooding” and explained that all funds raised will be held centrally in Wales by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. You can contribute to the fund here.

Funds will then be distributed to communities across the country with the people worst affected taking priority.

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The Welsh Government says people whose homes were hit by the recent deluges will be given cash to helpThose whose properties were submerged when torrential rain battered the region will receive £500 with an extra £500 on top for residents without home insurance.

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