Storm Damage Appeal
This February, three named storms affected the UK within the space of a week; the first time this has occurred since storm naming was introduced in 2015
Storm Dudley, Eunice and Franklin resulted in loss of life, close to 100,000 homes in South West England being left without power and total damage across the UK estimated at over £360 million.
Storm Eunice was one of the most powerful storms to impact the south coast of England since the Great Storm of 1987, with the strongest winds in more than 30 years recorded. The fastest gust ever recorded in England, at 122mph, was reported on the south coast, beating the previous record of 118 mph at Gwennap Head, Cornwall in 1979.
Unsurprisingly, the result has been extensive damage to the South West Coast Path, particularly in North Devon and Exmoor where a 5 mile stretch has been closed and a diversion is in place due to many fallen trees which have been badly damaged or blocked the path. Our Route Changes page has further information on Path diversions.
We urgently need your help to rectify the damage and re-open the path. Costs of repairs are already estimated at between £15,000 and £25,000
The storms are a stark reminder of climate change in action and how our efforts to care for and protect the coast path are essential to ensure it remains one of the greatest trails in the world.
Please support our urgent storm damage appeal today.
You can also donate by calling us on 01752 896237 or by sending a cheque to our offices at Residence 2, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP with the note Storm Damage Appeal on the back of the cheque.
Any contribution big or small will help us to repair the damage quickly, so that the Path can continue to provide health and wellbeing benefits to millions of people each year.
If you'd prefer to discuss this appeal further, please do not hesitate to contact our Impact Fundraiser Will Keen at [email protected]