A family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from a Moorlands community following a house fire which destroyed most of the family's possessions. The fire at a property in Dovedale Close in Cheadle happened on Saturday, December 5 and saw many of Jen Marie and her children's possessions destroyed by the blaze.
A family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from a Moorlands community following a house fire which destroyed most of the family’s possessions.
The fire at a property in Dovedale Close in Cheadle happened on Saturday, December 5 and saw many of Jen Marie and her children’s possessions destroyed by the blaze.
Jen told the Times & Echo: “I was due to move in to another property and was just taking a few things to the new house; children’s beds and a few of their items.
“In the process of doing so I’d cooked a few items in the air fryer and put them in plastic tubs for the children to eat while travelling to the new house. Turned it off and left the Dovedale property.
“When I returned to Dovedale I saw two fire engines and my brother running towards me shouting “where’s your house key?”
“I panicked as I realised it was my house. I’ve lost almost everything but my children and myself are safe – that’s the main thing.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service said of the incident: “We were called to reports of fire at a house in Dovedale Close in Cheadle shortly before 7.45pm on Saturday, December 5.
“Crews from Cheadle and Longton attended and use breathing apparatus and a hose real jet to extinguish the blaze before the property ventilated and boarded up.”
Following the fire, an appeal for help from the community was made by Jen’s cousin Louise Roberts.
In her appeal via Facebook, Louise said: “Yesterday my beautiful cousin had a house fire, thankfully no one was in the house at the time, but all her possessions have gone, all her children’s Christmas presents.
“Please can anyone help with anything, household items, children’s clothing, Christmas gifts or decorations. She would be ever so grateful.”
Since the appeal was made, there has been lots of items donated to Jen and her family, and people have also been donating cash through the https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sara-roberts-2 page.
Louise, who lives in Cheadle, told the Times & Echo this week: “We have had a fantastic response to our appeal. The community have really pulled together, Jenny now has all household items she needed, clothing for herself and her children and even Christmas decorations.
“She has had people donating money via the fundraising page and also in cash.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for helping the family.
“Anything that was donated that wasn’t needed has been donated to The Kaleidoscope Nappy Project, to help other families in need.
“We also need to thank Sara Roberts and Anthony Lewis for helping to collect items.”
Jen, who has now moved into her new property in Alton with her children, said she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people within the community: “I have been so overwhelmed by all the help and fantastic support that I have received.
“I really cannot thank everyone enough.
“I am so appreciative of everything; from the help I’ve had clearing some of the mess, to the moving into my new place and all the help from everyone, including family, friends and even people I don’t even know.
“And the emotional support I’ve received is outstanding.”
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