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Outpouring of support for flooded Melrose Yard Studios

The York-based recording studio and rehearsal space faces £20,000 in flood damages, which its insurance provider says it won't cover.

Melrose Yard Studios is just one of the many businesses affected by on going floods in northern England.

Unfortunately, as originally reported in The Guardian, the studio faces more than just water damages: a clause in its insurance policy disqualifies the business from receiving any reimbursement from its insurance provider.

The York-based recording and rehearsal space first opened its doors in 2008, founded by Leeds College of Music graduates Sam Holdstock and Iain Bolton.

Holdstock estimates the floods have caused over £20,000 in damages.

Posting on the studio’s Facebook page, Holdstock comments: “We’re making good progress on getting the place cleared out… We are confident that we will be re-opening as soon as possible, probably 1-2 months time hopefully.”

In the meantime, Holdstock’s sister-in-law Fiona Hinchey has created a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the cost of having the studio professionally cleaned and dehumidified, as well as replacing damaged equipment.

To date a total of £3,385 has been raised, surpassing the campaign’s goal of £2,000.

Volunteers are also making their way to York to assist in the clean up, both at Melrose Yard Studios and other businesses that have fallen victim to the floods.

“Today we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness of two separate groups of volunteers that travelled from Manchester and Leicester to help us and other flood victims in York,” read the latest update on the studio’s Facebook page.

Photo: Melrose Yard Studios