Skipton Building Society donates £50,000 to Pakistan flood appeal

It seeks to provide aid to the people affected by disastrous flooding

Skipton Building Society donates £50,000 to Pakistan flood appeal

Skipton Building Society is donating £50,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for its Pakistan flood appeal.

According to reports, one-third of Pakistan – an area equivalent to the size of the UK – is currently under floodwater, with more rains forecast. The DEC estimates that more than 33 million people have been affected by the floods, and more than a fifth of those are in desperate need of urgent, life-critical aid.

“Pakistan is facing an environmental and humanitarian disaster brought on by climate change,” Stacey Dickens (pictured), head of sustainability at Skipton Building Society, said. “At Skipton, we cannot stand by as six million people struggle to come to terms with the desperate, devastating, direct impact these floods are having on their lives.

“That one in seven of the entire Pakistani population have been affected by the floods is truly heart-breaking, and the news that a million homes have been destroyed or damaged is a sobering thought.”

Dickens stressed that climate change is a global problem that needs the global community to work together to halt.

“Entire communities, schools, crops, livelihoods have all been swept away by these floods,” she said. “The significant rainfall in Pakistan is just the latest harrowing indicator of devastating climate change, and it must be a further catalyst for all of us to sit up, take notice, and take action where we can.”