Gen­er­ous re­sponse to blaze vic­tims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Happy Ending After Puppies Stolen -

Any im­pres­sion that Ash­ford is an un­car­ing town was cast aside this week when res­i­dents in their hun­dreds re­sponded to an ap­peal to help two fam­i­lies left home­less af­ter a ma­jor house blaze.

A semi-de­tached house in Brench­ley Close, Stan­hope, was com­pletely gutted by the fire on Mon­day evening and its neigh­bour­ing prop­erty suf­fered wa­ter and smoke dam­age.

Within hours of the im­mense scale of the dam­age be­com­ing ap­par­ent – largely thanks to post­ings on Face­book – the so­cial net­work­ing site was be­ing used by friends and fam­ily of the two af­fected fam­i­lies to launch an ap­peal for items to be do­nated to re­place those de­stroyed in the fire.

The re­sponse was rapid and over­whelm­ing, with the Face­book group – en­ti­tled Please help a fam­ily who have lost ev­ery­thing tonight – at­tract­ing 1,400 mem­bers and a mass of pledges of help.

The Bri­tish Vol­un­teer pub, in New Street, Ash­ford, kindly vol­un­teered to act as a dona­tion point and was promptly in­un­dated with house­hold goods and cash from more than 600 peo­ple. Land­lord Lee Stan­ley said: “We just can’t be­lieve the re­sponse. It has been amaz­ing.”

So out of a case hu­man suf­fer­ing has come a demon­stra­tion of hu­man kind­ness.

It’s a heart­warm­ing demon­stra­tion that there are plenty of peo­ple out there in Ash­ford still will­ing to come for­ward and help oth­ers when the chips are down.

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