Couple’s home destroyed in flood three days after insurance runs out

An elderly couple’s “precious home” was ruined by floods just three days after their insurance ran out.

The house of former soldier Bernard Davies, 90, and wife, Lilian, 85, was flooded in the early hours of Sunday morning after Storm Dennis struck.

Bernard received a Good Citizen Award in 2017 and has played Santa Claus in his home town of Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf for 60 years.

Their granddaughter Kindry Sexton, 28, said of the pair: “You won’t meet a more kind and selfless couple than those two.

“They have had insurance for over 50 years and never made a claim ever and now this happens to them.

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"They are not coping very well… they always had a routine, so they are sofa-surfing at the moment, which is a bit sad, but we are trying to do our best for them and raise as much money as we can.”

The fundraiser can be found here.

Fundraising campaigns for flood victims have been springing up all over the country.

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Calderdale Flood Appeal in West Yorkshire has so far raised £311,194 and more than £30,000 has been raised by flood victims in South Yorkshire.

In South Wales, £30,000 was raised in less than 24 hours.

Alex Davies-Jones, MP for Pontypridd, started one that has raised £12,000.

She said: “Seeing the floods devastate our communities is truly heartbreaking.”

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