A woman who helped raise £4,000 for flood victims while visiting Calderdale for New Year is organising another event – from Japan.

Halifax-born leadership development consultant Paula Sugawara organised a coffee morning and bazaar at Elland Cricket Club.

Paula, who has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, rushed to fix the fundraiser before she flew home.

She was on her way to stay with mum Avril Smith in Holywell Green and was in Norway on Boxing Day when the floods struck.

Boxing Day floods in Elland (video by Lee Shaw)

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Now back home 6,000 miles away, Paula is organising another event for next month.

The Calderdale Flood Aid Table Top Sale will be held at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, on February 6 (10am-2pm).

Entrance fee is £1.50 and includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

There will be various stalls, a raffle and face-painting.

Before then Paula also plans a fundraiser at her home in Kichijoji, Tokyo, at the end of January.

She had planned the business event Investing for Dummies before the floods but said: “As it’s being held at my house I decided to charge people to attend. We might raise about £150.

“And, of course, any Calderdale people who might be passing by are more than welcome to attend!”

Paula can’t fit more than 30 people into her living room and will charge 1,000 yen each, just under £6.

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The coffee morning raised £3,788.21, almost twice what she hoped.

The money will go to the Community Foundation for Calderdale ring-fenced for Elland. The Government has pledged to double whatever is raised.