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Weʼre raising £300 to help Barney Lawrence and family replace the possessions they lost in a beach hut fire

Worthing, West Sussex
13 days to go

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Barney Lawrence is 10 and lives in Worthing. This is a photo of him and his granny. Just two months ago, his family finally got the chance to rent a beach hut from Worthing council, after being on the waiting list for years. Barney is autistic but he loves to visit the beach hut with his mum, granny and grandad every weekend. His mum describes it as "his happy place".

Only this morning they woke up to the news that there'd been a fire on Worthing seafront caused by someone setting fire to a stolen motorbike. The bike was near to a row of beach huts opposite Heene Road and unfortunately Barney's beach hut, along with all the family's possessions stored inside, was completely destroyed.

Barney and the family are devastated, as you can imagine. His mum was in tears this morning and his grandad was sifting through their burnt possessions to find a special stone which Barney had found on the beach. It was heartbreaking. Aside from the lost months they will now face while the beach hut is re-built, Barney's mum was worried about how she was going to replace some of the toys and other items that Barney stored in the beach hut. Of course some items are irreplaceable, but I thought if we could do something for the family it would really help. This beach hut was their dream and they were so happy there, enjoying every minute. I feel gutted for them.

My family and I rent a beach hut nearby which only just avoided the fire. So many people walked by this morning and offered their sympathy that I'm hoping the kindness of Worthing's residents will provide Barney with some hope after this unsettling event.

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  • Laura Evans14 days ago
    Laura Evans

    Laura Evans

    14 days ago

    Hi all, thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! I know the family are still shaken and upset, but they have been overwhelmed by your kindness. Barney is scared of fire but he was really brave and went to see the scene of the fire with his mum Emma the other day. I will keep updating you as and when I hear anything new. For now they are still unsure when their new beach hut will be up and running. So if you could continue to share the link to the Just Giving page, that would be great! Thank you. Laura

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Page last updated on: 6/5/2019 10.05

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15

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 4, 2019

    Well done - Let us know how this turns out.

    £10.00

  • Sarah B

    Sarah B

    Jun 4, 2019

    £5.00

  • Kathy Ledger

    Kathy Ledger

    Jun 4, 2019

    I used to work with Pam - lovely lady heart of gold. So just a small token to help x

    £10.00

  • Mary and Aidan

    Mary and Aidan

    Jun 4, 2019

    Good luck barney and what a truly amazing thing to organize Laura x

    £9.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 4, 2019

    Hope this helps.

    £20.00

  • Claire

    Claire

    Jun 4, 2019

    Lovely thing you're doing Laura. Hope you can raise enough money to replace some of the items destroyed

  • Jaki morris

    Jaki morris

    Jun 4, 2019

    Let's hope we can get this lovely family smiling again

    £5.00

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Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Worthing, West Sussex

I only met Barney's family recently when we became beach hut neighbours but they were instantly kind and friendly. When I saw them so sad today I just wanted to do something to help them.

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