AN artist and sculptor is finally back in his newly-refurbished home following the devastating floods in November of last year.
Ron Organ’s home and studio in Mill Street, St Asaph, was situated in one of the worst affected parts of the city when the River Elwy burst its banks.
“I was woken by the sound of banging and clattering downstairs,” said Ron, a long-standing member of the St Asaph Rotary Club.
“When I went down, I found freezing cold water, waist-high, with my furniture and the TV floating about in the sitting room. I was amazed to see a dinghy passing my window but delighted when I was rescued and physically carried out to the boat and then on to dry land.
“My car was also under water and has had to be written off.”
Some of Ron’s sculptures were lost but most of his precious paintings survived and are now safe in a new studio which he has constructed.
When members of St Asaph Rotary Club learned of Ron’s plight and that of other flood victims, they, supported by other local Rotary Clubs, immediately sprang into action and raised over £9,000 for the relief fund.
“Everybody has been so kind and generous and I am delighted with my new home,” said Ron.
“I am 83 in May and there is no doubt that I have been traumatised by the whole experience. It has affected me mentally and emotionally and I don’t think I could ever go through that again.”
Ron is a well-known artist and sculptor who has lived in St Asaph from the age of ten, when he arrived as a refugee.
He and his Rotary colleagues tirelessly raise funds for local and charitable causes and Ron has personally raised more than a thousand pounds for the children’s hospice Ty Gobaith, through his paintings and sales of his book ‘If it was not for Hitler I would not be here now’.
The Rotary Club of St Asaph convenes each Thursday evening at The Bod Erw hotel.
For more information call secretary John Dicks on 01745 583824 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org