Musicians and fans have made a big difference to the lives of flood victims by supporting fundraising events.

Promoter Helen Bentley has praised musicians, venues and audiences for raising £5,582.85 through her Floodstock gigs which will all go to those hit by the December deluges in Yorkshire.

Around 19 local acts played for free at 11 events in every corner of Huddersfield in just one month.

This includes two big five act shows at The Beck in Brighouse where £1,567 was raised and Bridge Bar at Longroyd Bridge which raised £1,063.88.

Helen runs Hellenmonkey Promotions whose aim is to encourage more people to use their local pubs and live venues.

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She said: “I knew Calderdale was kind of covered with lots of money so I wanted to help other areas that wasn’t covered by Calderdale funds.

“I asked a lot of bands and pubs from the areas if they could use the Floodstock posters and create events to help me raise money.

“I had great feedback.

“I wasn’t expecting to raise as much as we have, but I am really happy we all went forward with my idea and raised as much as we did.

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I personally can’t thank everyone involved enough because they trusted in my idea and made it great.

“I hope the money gets spent really well and helps lots of people to get back on with their lives in a comfortable way .

“It is really bad what has happened and I hope the money can help with prevention in the future.

“I want to thank all Yorkshire volunteers of flood crisis support for everything they are doing because I wouldn’t know the first place to start, so its good to know we have helped them help others.”

Other venues that took part included the Junction at Marsh, the Black Bull in Shepley, the Carlton Club at Kirkburton, The Royal in Milnsbridge, Turnbridge WMC in Aspley, The Graperoom in Holmfirth, The Peacock on Leeds Road in Huddersfield, The Kings Head in Huddersfield and Victoria Craft Beer Cafe in Halifax.

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