Disaster relief

Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust launches European Floods Appeal

Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust launches European Floods Appeal

Following catastrophic floods across northern and central Europe, the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched an appeal to help long-term community rebuilding.

The Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched a Europe Floods Appeal, after July saw devastating flooding in multiple countries across the continent.

Caused by record rainfall, countries including Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have been badly affected by some of the worst flooding for decades.

It is thought over 180 people have lost their lives, with hundreds still missing and tens of thousands more unable to return to their homes.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has described the flooding as the “worst natural disaster” in a century.

Images published by The Atlantic show the harrowingly vast scale of the wreckage which has swept through the continent, with infrastructure, homes and communities destroyed.

In help and support of our neighbours and friends, the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched the following appeal.


How to donate

If you would like to support* the Disaster Recovery Trust (charity number 1119688), you can:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

  • Send a cheque – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, B49 6PB
  • Contact the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Finance department for bank transfer information


About the Disaster Recovery Trust

The Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust (formerly known as the Donations Trust) is a registered charity (number 1119688), established in 2007, which collates donations and makes grants to Rotary projects working to rebuild communities.

Since then the charity has continued its work with the purpose of responding to major disasters at home and abroad in the reconstruction phase following a disaster.

Typical projects include constructing and equipping school and community centres, rebuilding infrastructure and providing rescue vehicles.

Over the last three years, the Donations Trust has collated funds for earthquakes in Italy, New Zealand and Nepal, flooding in the UK, Ireland and Pakistan as well as hurricanes in the Caribbean.


Apply for funding

Rotary clubs are eligible to apply for funding from the Disaster Recovery Trust to create and implement sustainable, community development projects for areas recently affected by disasters.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Disaster Recovery Trust page within My Rotary. Please note this area is only accessible to Rotary members.


*Please note that all donations are subject to a 2% administration charge to support the running of the trust, and in the event that no suitable project can be found within a period of five years, the donations will be transferred to the Disaster Recovery Trust’s General Fund.