Flood support for Dark Angel
£5,641 of £10,000 goal
The studio was flooded out in 2012.
3 years later it has happened again.
After the 2012 floods, prevention measure had been in place but due the unprecedented levels of rain over the last few days, nothing could have prepared for the high level of water which swept through Heben Bridge over Christmas 2015.
This terrible event has left Dark Angel unlikley to open again in the near future, but even worse this leaves the brilliant team of ladies who make the wonderful outfts, without employment and who are, in many cases, dealing with the flooding of their homes.
I have opened this page in order to reach out to all who know 'Dark Angel'. I hope to raise as much as we can ... helping the team and their families to cope on a financial level for the next few weeks while they slowly put their lives back together after this devasting flood.
All funds raised will be presented to the owners of Dark Angel who will ensure the monies reaches the right people who are in desperate need of our support.
Been awhile since I had an update for you. Dark Angel have started to put the pieces back together and in case you missed their lastest update. Have a read on their facebook page.
Again I cannot express adequately the gratitude the team has for each and everyone of you here who have helped Dark Angel salvage their business.
Update posted on Dark Angel's page
Flood Relief Update: 23/01/16
Good morning everyone. Well it is almost one month since the catastrophe flooding devastated our local area, taking out ourselves and thousands of other homes and businesses.
The support that we have had from our customers, the local community and members of the public has been simply overwhelming (I really wish I could add central government to that list but sadly very little has come from that direction!)
Over 1250 local businesses were affected by the floods on Boxing Day. Tragically most of those (ourselves included) were not insured. Even though we all pay very high insurance premiums, the insurance companies will not cover us for flood damage because of where we are located.
Our good friend and supporter, Ange Harper from Lunaesque Productions, immediately set up a ‘Crowd funding’ page. The response to that has been amazing! Naturally we could never hope to raise enough money to cover what we have actually lost but your generosity and support has ensured that we at least have enough funds to cover the immediate relief effort and move forwards.
I want to keep you all up to date with how that money is being spent and how we are working to reinvent ‘The Dark Angel Design Co’.
Stage One: Our first step was to get everything off site. The force of the floodwaters had seriously damaged the building. Walls had collapsed and entire sections of the concrete floor had dropped. The water had also caused the doors to swell and the electrics to stop working, so we were unable to secure the building. With looters out in force we had to move quickly.
The first installment from the crowd funder was used to clear the site and move everything into secure store units.
The past few weeks have been spent sifting through everything to determine if anything could possibly be rescued. Some of our specialist machinery has now been sent away to see if it can be salvaged by fitting new motors. This will be costly but still cheaper than replacing the entire machine.
Some garments that were stored on higher shelves escaped unharmed. These have been moved into a separate store area away from the contamination.
Other garments that were damaged, have been professionally cleaned and restored. These will be sold off through an Etsy store that is being run independently by one of our team. There are some amazing bargains to be had there and the store is updated daily so make sure you check back regularly https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheDarkAngelSALE…
The garments that we managed to rescue have now all been listed on our website www.thedarkangel.com and the website is active again. I am afraid it is rather pitiful though as there is very little on there and the sizes & colours are limited. However, any sales we do make will help keep some funds trickling in and enable us to move on with stage two of the relief plan.
Stage Two: A wonderful local company has stepped in and given us a room in their building to work from for a couple of months whist we reestablish a new, permanent studio.
With a clean, dry space to work in, we can now start to restore our pattern blocks. This is going to be a mammoth painstaking labour of love! All of the patterns got soaked and were left stranded in the mud for days before we were allowed access to the site. We wrapped them in plastic to keep them wet, if they had been allowed to dry out they would have all stuck together and salvaging them would be impossible. Now with a room to work in we can start to peel them apart, dry them out and copy each one onto new card.
Some of the money raised from the crowd funder has been used to purchase several rolls of pattern card and replace all of the drafting equipment that was lost.
So that is were we are at right now. The situation is still overwhelming and progress is painfully slow, but there is progress! We will keep you updated as we move onwards and upwards.
In the meantime we want to say a massive, massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your incredible support through this.
Much love from ‘The Dark Angel’ team xxx
Confirming that I have sent over the grand total of 5000 to the Dark Angel team. All I can say over and over on behalf team is thank-you. As the donations are still coming in - I have increased the goal amount so we can let this page run a little longer as Dark Angel still need our support.
I have a update from Dark Angel ... plus I have included a beautiful letter posted by one of the flood victims - his words explain the horror and the gratitude of the people of Hebden Bridge. Beautifully written
from Dark Angel
18 days after the flood and We have reached the £5000.00 gofundme target set up by Ange Harper, but if you want to keep on donating, please don't let us stop you,
To many people it will seem like a fortune, sadly, its still a drop in the ocean compared to the amount we have lost (current losses count is in the £120'000 region, and we haven't finished trying to salvage the remainder yet!) so we are still a long way off getting anywhere near what we do need in order to set up again smile emoticon
So now we are now entering phase two of the recovery mode, we start selling what has been recovered from the flood at reduced rates to clear the stocks and to bring more money in to purchase new machines and raw materials to enable us to move forward towards the next goal of getting a work space.
So here's the link to the clearance Etsy store we have set up, we've only just started to enter a few items onto it, and lots more will be added over the next few weeks, we're hoping to clear as many of these stocks as possible within the next 6 weeks, reinvest the monies into the necessary items we need to restart, then we move onto stage 3.
Still baby steps all the way for the foreseeable, with no wages for at least 2 months! so please share this far and wide, we need it to hit as many people as possible and hopefully, with enough sales coming in - the start up date for the new chapter will be somewhere in sight?
There has a been a wave of kindness sweep down our sad little valley the like of which nobody has ever seen nor could have possibly expected. .....