Com­mu­nity ral­lies to help fam­ily who lost ev­ery­thing in house fire

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

THERE has been an as­ton­ish­ing com­mu­nity re­sponse since the Evans fam­ily lost all of their pos­ses­sions in a se­ri­ous house fire.

The fam­ily of six were lucky to es­cape with their lives af­ter a blaze caused by a smoul­der­ing can­dle de­stroyed their home on Fri­day night.

Ray­mond and Rachel Evans man­aged to save their chil­dren Mor­gan, two, Eva-Mai, four, Car­wyn, five, and Thomas, seven, af­ter they were alerted by the smoke de­tec­tor when ev­ery­one had gone to bed.

But they lost all of their pos­ses­sions that were in their home at Caer We­tral, Ken­fig Hill, near Brid­gend, ex­cept for a hand­ful of toys.

Rachel, 27, said she even had to bor­row a bra as they fled in their night clothes.

How­ever, since her aunt Dawn Pound posted an ap­peal on Face­book on Satur­day, things have started to look up.

The West­ward Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Cefn Glas, Brid­gend, was opened up to re­ceive dona­tions and dozens of peo­ple turned up with ev­ery­thing from du­vets to shoes and toys.

Peo­ple have also been drop­ping things off to rel­a­tives’ houses.

And of­fers of dona­tions of ev­ery­thing from cook­ers to so­fas, ta­bles and chairs and vans for mov­ing came flood­ing in.

A Just­Giv­ing page has also raised £700.

Dawn said: re­sponse. “It’s been a fan­tas­tic

“When I put it up on Face­book I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have a re­sponse like this.”

She said there have been many amaz­ing and un­ex­pected ges­tures in­clud­ing Rachel’s ex-boss putting £250 in her hand.

Some­one also knocked on Dawn’s sis­ter’s front door and handed over new school uni­forms for the chil­dren that they had been out and bought, and Lucy, a fam­ily friend, has bought all of the chil­dren new school shoes from Clarks.

“I just can’t get over the re­sponse we have had for them,” added Dawn. “It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.”

She said Rachel, Ray­mond and the chil­dren are cur­rently stay­ing with rel­a­tives and hope to be re­homed by their hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion soon.

To sup­port the fam­ily, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/ chloe-davies-798

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