Fire tragedy victims say a big thank you

Paul and Angela Young are overwhelmed by town's response
Paul and Angela Young are overwhelmed by town's response
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A Garstang family, left homeless when fire gutted their house, say they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of local residents.

Following the tragedy Angela and Paul Young and sons Andrew and PJ, who lived on Hazelhurst Drive, had to seek shelter with family and friends.

I’m very grateful. The generosity has been incredible.

But despite losing nearly all their possessions in the blaze some 11 days ago they say they have been heartened by the generosity and support of local people.

As they prepared to move into new temporary accommodation provided by their landlords Regenda Housing they said a big thank you to all who had responded to an appeal for help, as featured in last week’s Courier.

The couple’s employers Richard and Kate Whyman of Market Place News agreed to act as a contact point for offers of help/donations etc. and their daughter Kimbereley Parry, who lives in Germany with her forces husband and daughter, set up a JustGiving website.

By yesterday more than £700 had been donated locally and £335 via the website.

Meanwhile locals and local businesses also rallied round to donate furniture ranging from chairs and tables to a bed, a sofa, a cooker, a fridge, a freezer and pots and pans.

Angela, 42, said: “I’m very grateful. The generosity has been incredible.”

See or contact Richard and Kate via Facebook at MarketPlace News or on 01995 604883.