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The flood won’t dampen Sandylands’ spirit

Storm Desmond brought unprecedented flooding to the Sandgate area of Kendal, and the waters engulfed Sandylands Methodist Church. Thanks to Methodist Insurance’s expertise and support, they ensured the church was able to continue to play a vital role in the heart of the community.

In the floods of December 2015, Sandylands Methodist Church had been designated as a refuge for people affected by the floodwaters. But on the night of the 6th December 2015 it soon became apparent that Sandylands itself was in trouble. Nearby becks and culverts had burst their banks and over one metre of water was flowing down the high street. The church had to be evacuated, and fast.

The building was flooded up to a depth of 40cm, and a tidal mark was left around the walls. All the electric equipment including the PA system and the organ were ruined.

In the aftermath of a disaster like the one that hit Sandylands, we know an immediate response is vital. Supporting the wider community is the priority, and we needed to get the church up and running again as quickly as possible.

“It would have been impossible for Methodist Insurance to respond any sooner,” said Bill Broekhuizen Coillach, Treasurer of Sandylands.

A vital part of the local community

While we were on the scene at Sandylands we quickly established their number one priority was their community work. Sandylands has employed a Community Officer for the last ten years, and reaches out to support people who need a helping hand. It was obvious that this had to continue, flood or no flood. Building on our experience we authorised temporary accommodation that would allow the church to carry on its excellent work.

Bill Broekhuizen Coillach, Treasurer of Sandyland

“They saw the need and were very quick to approve a portacabin. We call it our Encouragement Cabin."

"Open every day from 9am to 5pm and manned by volunteers, the cabin is a place of refuge for people affected by the floods, offering support and advice. The cabin also gives out food and hot drinks, and literally hundreds of people have visited since it opened. The spirit in the church has been amazing.”

Churches like Sandylands are vital to their local community. That’s why you can count on us to respond whenever disaster strikes, with specialist advice and support to get churches back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Read the full story published in the Methodist Recorder.

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