Retracing Richard III’s steps for appeal

City of York archaeologist John Oxley will lead a charity walk for the York Flood Appeal. ''He is pictured by the Plague Stone on Hob Moor last year.

City of York archaeologist John Oxley will lead a charity walk for the York Flood Appeal. ''He is pictured by the Plague Stone on Hob Moor last year.

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A charity walk retracing the steps of Richard III through historic York will raise money to help victims of the city’s floods.

City of York archaeologist John Oxley has arranged the fundraiser for the York Flood Appeal, which has raised more than £245,000 since it was launched in the wake of the December floods.

He said: “The floods in York have caused considerable damage to homes, businesses and heritage sites in York and made a terrible end to 2015.

“As someone who has worked in York for over 25 years and who lived here for over 16 years, I have never seen flooding like this before. I hope whatever we raise will help in alleviating the distress of those whose houses and businesses have been inundated.”

The walk will start at Micklegate Bar at 2pm on February 6.

It is the latest example of communities across Yorkshire holding fundraising activities or simply donating cash to help those who have suffered in the flooding.

The Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal has attracted more than £350,000 in donations, and a similar appeal in Leeds, ran by the city’s Community Foundation, has raised more than £14,500

Bradford District Community Fund launched its appeal on Wednesday, raising £10,000 in just a few hours.

Manager Dave Forrest said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people supporting this appeal. We know that there are hundreds of households affected by flooding and this money will all go to supporting them get back on their feet.”

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