Derby City branch organise ‘flood food bank’

UNISON’s Derby City branch have launched a food bank for local families impacted by Storm Babet.

The heavy rainfall caused flooding across the East Midlands, including Derby, where fourteen families lost everything when their houses were submerged by the rising water.

The city council said record-breaking water levels were seen in the River Derwent, which led to these families being left effectively homeless.

UNISON works closely with Derby Homes, who will be involved in the rehousing of the families, and has a large number of members working for the employer.

UNISON Derby City branch secretary Becky Everett said: “We have a really good relationship with a local food bank that helps feed some of our city’s most disadvantaged communities, and our amazing members donate food and hygiene products on a monthly basis.

“Our branch plays a big role in the community; our office is in the middle of a housing estate, so we wanted to play our part in helping those who lost everything because of the floods.

“It’s incredibly heart warming to see our members stepping up once again.”

If you are a UNISON member in Derby and would like to contribute to the flood food bank, email Becky: