Yorkshire Wildlife Park responded to the floods in South Yorkshire with free tickets for flood victims and people who helped them.

More than 500 tickets were handed out to adults and children over a weekend – worth more than £8,000 – in a partnership with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).

The charity launched the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal in response to the widespread flooding across the county last November.

So far more than £535,000 has been raised, and the Government has said it will match funds raised by the appeal on a pound for pound basis up to £1m.

John Minion, CEO at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: “We recognise the widespread devastation caused by the floods, much of it in the Doncaster area, and the suffering it continues to cause to the local community.

“Yorkshire Wildlife Park is part of the community and we are grateful for the support that has allowed us to grow since the park was opened ten years ago.

“We were pleased to work with South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, and delighted so many people took up the offer of free tickets at such a difficult time.”

Michelle Dickinson, Corporate Relationships Manager at SYCF said: “The tickets were so well received and gave families a welcome break from dealing with the aftermath of the flooding of their homes.

“We can’t thank the Wildlife Park enough for their generosity.”

The Sheffield-based charity is distributing cash payments to households affected by the flooding, helping families and other local people who have been displaced from their homes and had their properties damaged.

Donations have come from business, individuals, charitable trusts and religious organisations from across the UK as well as numerous anonymous contributions.

Since being founded in 1986, SYCF has raised and distributed over £29m in grants to community and voluntary projects across South Yorkshire.

To donate the appeal please go to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods