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ROKT Climbing Gym on the up again after Boxing Day floods

Fundraising to help with £40k repair bill reaches half-way mark

A climbing gym is fighting back after the floods.

ROKT Climbing Gym in Milroyd Street, Brighouse, was left under 4ft of water after the nearby River Calder burst its banks.

But the popular attraction was soon on the up with volunteers wading in to help.

A fundraising page aiming to raise half the £40,000 repair costs has so far reached almost £10,000.

Commercial director Euan Noble said: “Within 48 hours of the floods we were back open for business thanks to the team here and a kind-hearted army of volunteers.

“We never stand still and work is now under way on a series of major new developments and improvements, which should start to be completed from late January onwards.

“This will see ROKT move on to the next level as not just a UK-leading climbing centre but as a small visitor attraction which is great news for Calderdale and Yorkshire.

“The development plans will see large parts of the ground floor redesigned so that beginners and families have a series of new experiences to enjoy.

“Then as you move up the building the climbs get harder, culminating in a major new competition wall in the Northlight Bouldering Studio, which is four times larger than the current competition wall, which we hope to complete by summer for our elite climbers.”

The gym also plans to build flood resilience into all future developments.

The gym, which opened in 2011, was also flooded in 2013.

Meanwhile, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker is planning two public meetings where the Environment Agency will update residents on future flood prevention schemes.

No dates or venues have been fixed but one will be in the Elland area and the other in Hebden Bridge.

To donate go to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ROKTFLOODAPPEAL

A Kirklees charity badly hit by the floods is being helped.

Fusion Giving’s warehouse on the Bankfield Business Park in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, was hit by the Boxing Day floods.

Suites, sofas, beds and kitchen appliances due to be delivered in January were lost and one of their two vans also had to be written off.

An appeal for more donations left the charity overwhelmed and recycling team leader Hana Nadat said: “We couldn’t believe the response. The phone was going non-stop which enabled us to catch up with our deliveries.

“We are now almost back to where we were before. We just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us.”

The charity has been lent a van under Kirklees Council’s sharing project Comoodle while Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, which manages the council’s housing stock, cleared waste for free.

The charity is open as normal for donations and can be contacted on 01924 490702.



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