On 25th March 2017, a gas explosion in New Ferry destroyed several buildings and left a number of business premises badly damaged, Almost two weeks on from the explosion in New Ferry, many businesses are still without access to their premises, directly affecting the livelihoods of owners, staff and residents. Some have gained access, but face huge upheaval before they will be able to trade again. Others have reopened in the face of the most difficult circumstances.
Working with the New Ferry Town Team, Wirral Council and partners a fund has been established a fund to help ease the burden on businesses who have been unable to trade, have lost stock and are without premises. This fund will be used to support those in most need, supporting them to recommence trading in their own units or in ‘pop-up’ premises in New Ferry. The fund will also support residents as they look to restore some normality to their lives.
Wirral Chamber of Commerce has pledged a £5,000 donation to help kick-start this initiative. Councillor Warren Ward has outlined an ambition to raise £10,000 in 120 days. We are sure that with the support of our members, we can surpass this target. Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lovenewferry.
We have received a number of generous offers from Chamber members who are keen to help in other ways. Skills, expertise, equipment, building materials and manual labour will all be required as businesses and residents in the town begin to get back on their feet. If you can help by providing time, support, skills or something else entirely, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us how you can help.
Please also help us to raise the profile of this cause, by showing your support on social media (#lovenewferry), putting a temporary page on your website (sample text can be found here), emailing your staff and customers, this would be greatly appreciated by the businesses and residents of New Ferry.