Colnbrook residents say thank you to charity that came to residents’ aid during 2014 flooding

A charity that came to the aid of beleagured Colnbrook residents in the flooding of 2014 was this month the beneficiary of a donation from the proceeds of the Colnbrook Apple Fair.

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Khalsa Aid’s Ravinder Singh received a £1,000 donation from trustees of the Colnbrook Residents’ Association earlier this month.  The charity swapped the Middle East for Colnbrook for a humanitarian effort in February 2014 when intransigent politicians sidestepped calls for help.

The charity won the gratitude of residents after diverting the charity’s resources to flood-hit residents in Colnbrook and across Berkshire, when both local councils refused to fund sandbags in spite of a Government guarantee to refund any costs – citing official policy.

Khalsa delivered over six trucks of sand and helped coordinate a relief effort.  Mr Singh was later featured on a ITV’s Surprise Surprise and was named Sikh of the Year.

Parish councillors were among those pictured making the donation earlier this month, on behalf of the CRA.

Mr Singh tweeted that they were “truly humbled” by the donation.

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The Slough-based charity, launched in South-East England in 1999, has coordinated relief efforts during disasters and emergencies in several parts of the world, including the Philippines, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Syria and the Indian states of Gujarat, Orissa and Punjab.

In recent months the charity has been active in Haiti, Iraq, and Lebanon.

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