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'Soul destroying' flood damage prompts club appeal

An outdoor pursuits club is appealing for help after severe flooding caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to their base in Leicester.

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Staff at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Club, who teach people to paddle, were left 'heartbroken' after flood water entered their building.

The damage was caused by the effects of Storm Henk in early January.

Hayley, from the club, said: "We entered the building to check the safety, once [the water] had stopped rising

"[What we found] was soul destroying."

The water rose above the archway of Loughborough Road Bridge where the club's bellboats are stored. 

One of which was crushed by the force of the water.

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"It's hard to explain to others the real impact, it's more than a building," said Hayley, who learned to paddle at the centre about 30 years ago.

"We change lives, make a difference to so many in the local community."

Countless numbers of aluminium cans and plastic bottles have also been washed up by the River Soar, following the storm. 

The club has been doing its best to help with the cleanup.

"Staff are trying to stay up beat and the atmosphere is amazing, we had 96 volunteers helping pick litter."

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Lopc Litter Pick

The club said it has had to get rid of many damaged items including furniture, fridges, chairs and office stationary.

Staff are trying to raise £50,000 to help pay wages while they are closed and the cleanup continues.

If you can can help in any way, whether it's through a donation or by volunteering, you can let the team know

If your club has been impacted by flooding, please tell us here.

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