Leatherlead homeless centre devastated by floods appeals for help

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A homeless charity devastated by floods is at risk of becoming homeless itself.

Floods have wrecked the Pitstop drop-in centre, at Leatherhead Football Club's Fetcham Grove ground, which may have to move.

Wallace Whybrow, a drugs and alcohol worker for the Pitstop, said: "We are not even sure if we are going back to this building at present. We are looking at options for the future."

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The Pitstop has temporarily relocated to Fetcham Village Hall and it will be at least two months before its building can reopen.

Furniture, bedding, carpets and computers were ruined when Pitstop was inundated under 4ft of water on Christmas Eve.

The flooding receded but returned on on Thursday, January 2. The estimated cost of the damaged contents £20,000, not including damage to the building.

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The level of the River Mole, right next to the football ground, is rising again today with more rain forecast to be on the way.

Mr Whybrow said: "There’s no flooding this morning. It’s just wait and see. There’s not much we can do until the weekend when the insurance assessors come in.

"We are kind of stuck for the rest of this week."

Pitstop usually helps up to 30 people a day, but only about 20 people a day have been able to get to their temporary base at the village hall .

Despite dealing with the havoc caused by the flooding on Christmas Eve, Pitstop pulled off its annual meal at Fetcham Village Hall as usual on Christmas Day.

Members of the community, clients and staff rallied round to help when floods struck.

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Mr Whybrow said: "The response was really quite good. It’s a case of getting things back up and running. We are going to need volunteers to come in at some point."

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He appealed for financial help to support the charity's work but asked people to hold off on donations of furniture and clothes due to lack of storage space.

Food donations can be also be made at Fetcham Village Hall, the Street, Fetcham, Monday to Friday; 10 to 4.30pm.

To donate money visit www.pitstop.btck.co.uk.

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