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£5,756raised of £10,000 target by 185 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to help save Carl and his home this Christmas

Glossop, UK
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Good evening Glossop. We’ve reached out a few times since taking over the pub and had a great response to our requests for help. This one however is the most important of them all. Please take the time to read, share and help or give if you’re in a position to do so.

Some of you may know Mr Carl Marshall, he moved into Glossop in 1941, he’s a regular in The Oakwood, enjoying his daily glass of red and reading the paper. Unfortunately at the ripe old age of 89, Carl recently fell sick due to his living conditions and was moved into a local care home, mainly due to the fact his current “house” (a previous workshop) has been deemed unsuitable to live in.

Carl throughout his life has worked in solitary careers consequently has not married or had children, he is however a lovable character with many fantastic stories from his years of keeping light houses, being a guard and also spending 32 years as Country Park Ranger around Derbyshire and further. This unfortunately means his support network is quite low. The government is unable to continue to support the care he has been receiving in the lovely care home he has enjoyed staying in over the past few weeks.

Carl needs to go back to his home, however If he does go back in its present state (damp, no proper central heating, mice and in a general state of disrepair) then we are very concerned that he will not make it through the winter months.

We are therefore reaching out to Glossop and beyond to see if we can get an army of helpers together to help make his small home at the very least warm, secure and with some working basic amenities, at present he has no central heating, no tiles in the bathroom, nor windows to look out of, this is a house that has been botched together from an old workshop.

Please see below some pictures of Carls home which explain all!

If you are able to offer any:

- Time

- Skills

- Knowledge

- Materials

We would be very interested to hear from you, please send us a private message and let us know how you can help.

We also are hoping to get some cash together to help make this happen, we have therefore set up a just giving page. We would urge all those who come to our pub….please have 1 or 2 drinks less this week and instead put it towards helping make Carl’s home habitable this winter.

We took Carl out for his 89th birthday last week and promised him we would do all we could to help, we’ve seen nothing but support from Glossop since moving here in April and really hope you can help us make this happen for Carl.

Our current estimation is £7000 however we are getting some quotes over the next few days which will enable us to give a more accurate estimate on funding required.

Update: we now know the costs for the project will be in the region of 10k

Thank you for taking the time to read. Please share and help us reach out to as many people as possible.

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  • The Oakwood Team2 months ago
    The Oakwood Team

    The Oakwood Team

    2 months ago

    quick update... This weekend we start the damp proofing process (hoorah) If asked 'what are the biggest hurdles the project is facing at the moment'!? .. it's the uncertainty of skilled volunteers and being able to make a detailed plan for when each element of the build will take place. We've set up a volunteer meeting next week to talk though timelines & dates. If you would like attend or know of anyone who may be able to help please head to The Oakwood Facebook events to find out more. Theres been some generous donations this wk thank you x

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  • The Oakwood Team3 months ago
    The Oakwood Team

    The Oakwood Team

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thanks to everyone who has donated, we are almost there!!! Work has started on Carls house, the gas mains are being fitted this week (sorry for causing a little disruption round Dinting Vale...the lines have been harder to locate that anticipated). We are still lacking skilled volunteers, especially joiners...if there are any joiners out there please get in touch! Thanks again for everyone's support, expected timelines for Carl returning home are end of April and he cant wait! xx

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  • The Oakwood Team5 months ago
    The Oakwood Team

    The Oakwood Team

    5 months ago

    We're over half way to our target so thank you to everyone who has donated, every £ helps and Carl couldn't be more grateful. As well as financial donations we have had offers of help from plasterers, plumbers, electricians, builders and general volunteers for cleaning, cooking, clearing etc. We've created a group on facebook so that those who wish to help can join the group, If you wish to help Carl this winter please request to join the group on facebook called Helping Mr Carl Marshall. Thanks again for your support xx

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Page last updated on: 4/7/2019 08.55



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    Becs and James Solomon

    Mar 2, 2019

    Good luck guys, what a brilliant idea xx


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The Oakwood team are on a mission to help Carl this winter, we're looking for supporters to help us do this. Please read Carls story and donate where you can.

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