Front door to fire damaged flats in Wootton

Two appeals started after a fire in Wootton destroyed four families’ belongings

Following a fire at a block of flats in Wootton, Bedfordshire in the early hours of Saturday morning, (23 May 2020), a village Facebook Group has been inundated with offers of help for the families who lost their possessions.

There have been offers of bedding, clothing and toys. Also, Cherie Griggs started a GoFundMe page to raise money. On the page she said that the fire was “utterly devastating for a family friend“. Cherie said:

“I am so proud of all of us as a community for coming together at this difficult time to help these families get the things they need.

“I set up the fund raiser to help my family friend and her son get the things they need to start rebuilding their life and replacing everything that was lost in the fire.

“I’m amazed how generous some people have been and I hope this provides some sort of safety net for the victims in this awful situation.

“Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.”

The target was originally £1,000, but after the response this has now been increased to £2,000.

As well as the GoFundMe page, Lauren Peters has coordinated a collection of items, such as clothing, donated by villagers. Lauren saw a Facebook post made by a grandmother of one of the families. She said:

“I heard about the fire and felt awful for the families involved so wanted to help in some way.

“I asked [the grandmother] for the details of the children, offered to coordinate the collection of items and have been responding to many offers of help.

“The community of Wootton have been amazing in their response.”

At the time of press, over 100 people had offered to donate items and over £900 has been donated via the GoFundMe page. If you have items to donate, please email your details to news@cranfieldandmarstonvale.co.uk and we will pass on your message.

Some of the items donated to families affected by a fire in Wootton Bedfordshire