GENEROUS panto-goers raised more than £1,000 for the York Flood Appeal.

The audiences in the last five performances of Jack and The Beanstalk at the Grand Opera House York donated £1068.30.

Having been flooded after Christmas, the opera house lost seven performances of the panto before reopening on December 30.

General manager Lizzie Richards said: "When we reopened, we switched our collection to the flood appeal.

"The audiences were very receptive. We had people cheering when it was announced at one of the performances.

"People were very generous and we would like to say a big thank you to them."

York-based healthcare provider Benenden has also donated £25,000 to The York Flood Appeal.

Chief executive Marc Bell said: "This is about local communities coming together to do what they can and we know that the Benenden contribution to the York Flood Appeal will provide the kind of support that is necessary at this time, to help those affected to get back on their feet."


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Cllr Chris Steward, leader of City of York Council, said: “Supporting flood-affected residents recover and return to their homes is a priority and we’re delighted that Benenden is so generously backing the York Flood Appeal.”

The York Disaster Fund – a charity established in response to the 2000 floods – set up the York Flood Appeal, which is hosted by The Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Jan Garrill, chief executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation, said: “We will use this funding to support individuals and families get back on their feet, replace essential items and cope with living in temporary accommodation.”

The money from the Grand Opera House will be sent to who will be in discussion with York City Council's Emergency Response Team, social services and other support organisations.

They will be helping to identify those most in need.

The opera house in Cumberland Street is back up and running, but it is still drying out and clear-up efforts continue.

Lizzie said: "We've still got the lower foyer and foyer bar out of action, but we're still able to let people in through the Clifford Street entrance.

"It's soul breaking when you see how much work we have got to do, but it's the same for so many other businesses.

"We're lucky that we don't live here."