Saturday, July 20, 2024

Community Rallies together for Elsie

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It is well known the devastation a fire can do to a persons life, we ourselves know only know to well what can happen when a dishwasher blows up in your kitchen.  Most people today have buildings or contents insurance, however, there are those, ourselves included until recently, don’t and it is these people that are left in a bit of a quagmire.

However, for Elsie aged in her 80s, a fire has meant that 40 years of her possessions have been destroyed by a devastating fire which ripped through her small bungalow in Paignton on Saturday morning.  Luckily Elsie and her pets were able to make it out of the bungalow unharmed.

However, like many of us, Elsie has no insurance for the fire.  A fund has now been set up to help Elsie get back on her feet and back into her home.  This story was that touching it saw the community pages of Spotted Torquay and We Are South Devon which in turn posted the following article:

We Are South Devon said:

Donations have been pouring in to help an elderly lady who lost her home in a major blaze in Paignton yesterday.

The fire broke out yesterday morning at the home of Elsie, a lady in her 80’s and destroyed everything. Fortunately Elsie and her cat were unharmed in the blaze.

Elsie was left in the clothes she stood in. She is currently staying at her friend’s house with her cat.

Spotted Torquay 

Appealed to the community to help find Elsie this morning to see how they could help. It didn’t take long to find her… Spotted put out an appeal and there were soon offers of items, services and money. A fundraising page was set up (This has been set up by a friend of Elsies. We thought it best for a friend to have the account) the initial target was set at £500, in less than an hour, that was hit… a short time later, doubled! The total currently stands at £1385, and it’s rising.

The current amount will help Elsie get back on track. But can we do more? Can we raise enough to help Elsie get home? Time will tell. With offers from builders, painters, architects, roofers and other trades.. let’s hope that Elsie and her cat can get back to where they belong.

To donate, go to:

From Spotted, from We Are South Devon, thank you for your support.

The fund is now close to the £5,000 target – however, although we are a little late to helping we would like to ask all of our visitors to show your support for Elsie by going to and donating whatever you can to help.

Boost News Desk
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Robert Haylor has 14 years of web development experience, starting out as a web developer whilst still in his university dorm room at Birmingham City University. With a background and a strong interest in website design & development he is skilled in a variety of programming languages including PHP, MySQL, CSS3 and HTML5. As Managing Director of Boost Digital Media, he regularly jumps on to client projects on a daily basis as well as ensuring the company strategy is being implemented and is delivering results.

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