CHEQUES for nearly £400 have been handed over to residents at Newcastle Emlyn whose homes were devastated by the recent floods.

There was disbelief among householders of Ardwyn and Teifi Terrace who had gathered to collect interim payments from Debbie Adams on behalf of the Emlyn Flood Assistance fund.

A total of 21 properties were affected and each received £390 after the community at Newcastle Emlyn rallied round to help them.

Debbie Adams, of Debbie’s Jewellers and Giftware who co-ordinated the collection of donations, said: “I felt so fortunate that we had not been affected and so many others had.

“We are in a position to be able to do something to help. So many people have brought in donations, with both individuals and local organisations all contributing.”

Jill Sutton, whose home at Teifi Terrace was flooded, along with the house of her 90-year-old father, said: “I am absolutely astounded at the level of support we have had from the local community.

“It is very heart-warming but also very humbling and shows what a fantastic community we are fortunate to live in.

“I cannot thank enough those who have contributed, along with all the volunteers who have also helped us.”

In addition to the financial help, praise was given to Ruth Rowland who along with an enthusiastic group of volunteers had helped the desperate home owners in the immediate aftermath of the flooding.

During this time many of the town’s businesses contributed food, cleaning materials and equipment, others provided transport for furniture while the community came together to give moral support and arranged fund-raising events to help boost the coffers of the flood fund.

Newcastle Emlyn group of churches held a tea party, Sian Spencer arranged a 5K fun run, Parteaze4U had a fun afternoon and auction at the leisure centre, raffles, plant sales and pub quizzes were held and people and organisations contributed with donations up to £200.

Praise was also given to local Councillor Wyn Thomas who has supported the residents that were affected during the last two months. Unfortunately, he was unable to be present at the handover of the money.

Newcastle Emlyn Mayor, Cllr Cefin Evans praised the efforts of all who had helped during this difficult time and stressed the importance of having a strong community which can come together in times of great need.

The total sum that has been raised to date is in excess of £7,000 with further donations having being promised. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by calling into the shop in Newcastle Emlyn as the fund will remain open until the New Year.