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Weʼre raising £2,000 to Help get Ben and Abby back on their feet after the boat fire destroyed their home

Sandwich, Kent
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Ben bought his boat John William 6 years ago and he has worked tirelessly piece by piece to restore and build the boat into a home.
Only just in the last couple of years he has made it liveable, transforming it into an off-grid, tranquil place to finally call home after many years of moving around.
On Thursday night, Bens boat caught fire and was completely engulfed in flames. They couldn't save it. Everything has been destroyed. Worst of all, Abbys beloved dog Bracky was in the boat and perished. Abby lost her mother only last year and Bracky meant everything to her.
Ben works really hard as a self employed Thatcher and never gives up, but this is such a cruel blow.

Please help in however way you can. They really need the support to keep them going while they rebuild their lives again.

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  • Melanie Hiblen7 days ago
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    7 days ago
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  • Melanie Hiblen8 days ago
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    Melanie Hiblen

    8 days ago

    There's been an amazing team helping all day at the boat, shovelling out all the blackened wet debris into skips. The local community have been incredible. We smashed the target of £1000 in just under 4 hours which is just fantastic! I spoke to Ben this morning and he is so humbled and amazed that so many have stepped in and offered help and money. He is still processing whats happened but this is some good news amidst the nightmare. Thank you for being the light in the darkness

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Page last updated on: 1/14/2019 22.35

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54

  • livi Warnes

    livi Warnes

    Jan 14, 2019

    £20.00

  • Roger Sharpe

    Roger Sharpe

    Jan 14, 2019

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 14, 2019

  • Clem Crawford

    Clem Crawford

    Jan 14, 2019

    £10.00

  • Naomi Sherwood

    Naomi Sherwood

    Jan 14, 2019

    I hope all gets sorted for you both xx

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 14, 2019

    £20.00

  • Elizabeth Rance

    Elizabeth Rance

    Jan 14, 2019

    Well Done Mel in doing this xx

    £50.00

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Melanie Hiblen

Melanie Hiblen

Sandwich, Kent

I'm Mel, mother of Lily (Ben's daughter). He is family and we love him. We are so devastated about this fire, knowing how hard Ben has worked and knowing how much he deserved to have peace and happiness. Both he and Abby are such lovely people! Please help if you can.

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