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Clothes donated to house fire victims

By Adele Moore 18th October 2017

Clothes donated to house fire victims
Heather Rich (centre) with Helen Seymour and her daughter Teresa

BIG-HEARTED pensioners touched by the plight of a family who lost everything in a potentially deadly house fire earlier this month have donated clothes after seeing an appeal in the Voice.

Residents from College Green decided to donate clothing left over from a Macmillan coffee morning, clothing sale, after reading about how Helen Seymour and her partner Derek Mitchell had lost nearly all of their possessions in the blaze.

The couple did not have contents insurance at the home they rented in Bugle which was gutted in a suspected tumble dyer fire.

Devon and Cornwall Housing Association, which runs College Green, agreed with residents that it was for a deserving cause.

Heather Rich, 82, a long standing tenant, handed over the selection of men’s clothing to Helen and Derek, who was left in what clothing he was wearing the night the fire ripped through their terraced house, last week.

A grateful Helen expressed her thanks.

She said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Heather and on behalf of Derek I would like to thank her on his behalf and of course the readers of the Voice, including Heather, who have been so generous following the appeal in the paper.”

By Adele Moore 18th October 2017

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