Plymouth siblings raise cash for man who lost everything in fire
TWO children have raised money for a man who lost everything in a house fire after reading his story in The Herald.
Emmy and Jakey Wing raised over £500 for Andy Wright after reading about how his dog Vinnie saved him and his mother Janette from a house fire which killed six of the family's pet cats, including four kittens.
The blaze destroyed almost everything as it burned through the house in Saddiscombe where the family had lived for 28 years.
Mai Wing, mother of Emmy, nine, and seven-year-old Jakey told The Herald: "I buy The Herald every day and my children love reading it.
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"They saw the cats dying in the house and asked if they could do something to help.
"We run Buffet City so put a box in the restaurant so customers could donate, they have been really generous.
Mai added: "Andy was really surprised and grateful, he was nearly in tears. I think its important to educate the children and encourage kindness, they have even said we should raise money for charity every year."
Andy, 28, has been trying repair his damaged home after the family, who didn't have insurance, lost all their possessions in the fire on the morning of Monday 3 December.
He said: "The children did some fundraising at Buffet City.
"I'm really grateful for their kindness.
"Work on the house is slowly coming together, but I'm putting in long hours at work and to sort the house out.
"But it's nice to know there has been this strong community spirit through the recession."