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    Weʼve raised £2,560 to help my sister Clare, husband Gary and their kids rebuild after huge damage to their home and business from Hurricane Irma in Tortola, BVI.

    Funded on Saturday, 6th January 2018

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    Clare, Noah and Millie arrived safely in the UK at the weekend and will be staying with our parents for the time being. Considering what they have been through the kids seem remarkably upbeat. Clare was unsurprisingly exhausted when I saw her on Sunday. Now all are thoughts are with Gary, as reports suggest that Hurricane Maria may well add to the problems facing those left behind in Tortola.


    Hurricane Irma caused devastation across the Caribbean in early September, and communication from the British Virgin Islands has been virtually non-existent since. My family received news that my sister Clare, her husband Gary and their two children survived, but their house is very badly damaged and will take a huge amount of effort to rebuild. The fate of their boats Kuralu and Kuralu Too is unknown, but as they were in Paraqueeta Bay which has been the subject of a much publicised photo showing the destruction they are likely lost.

    I cannot imagine what it must have been like to go through that storm while your home is being destroyed around you.

    The future will be difficult for everyone in the Caribbean, and huge amounts of money will be needed to rebuild, on a national and individual scale. No amount of money will help them recover from the experience, but I would like to raise as much as I can to help them get back on their feet. I also want to feel like I'm doing something while I sit here in safety waiting for news.

    I expect the tourist trade will be devastated for some time, so even with one remaining boat Clare and Gary will have no habitable home, and no source of income.

    I will post updates to this page as soon as I hear anything further. If they would prefer the help goes elsewhere when we make contact, all funds raised will go to the BVI disaster relief effort.



    • Matt Deubert1 year ago
      Matt Deubert

      Matt Deubert

      1 year ago

      UPDATED 21/10/17 AFTER THINGS HAVE SETTLED DOWN A BIT Clare and the children are now established in Somerset, with both children in local schools for at least a term - with all the new uniforms, PE kits etc. Gary remains in Tortola with the three animals, chasing the insurance companies who - as always - want to reduce the level of payout way below what is claimed. The house remains with no roof - see below - but at least they have a builder lined up for when the supplies are available.

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    • Matt Deubert1 year ago
      Matt Deubert

      Matt Deubert

      1 year ago

      Clare and the kids arrived safely in the UK on Sunday. Our thoughts are now with Gary as it's looking possible that Hurricane Maria will add to the problems faced by those still in Tortola and other parts of the Caribbean. Thank you again to everyone who has donated. They are all very touched by the support.

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    • Matt Deubert1 year ago
      Matt Deubert

      Matt Deubert

      1 year ago

      Thank you so much to everyone who has given something to help so far. People's kindness always amazes me.

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    Page last updated on: 12/16/2017 18.36



    • Janine Lugg

      Janine Lugg

      Dec 16, 2017

      Hope this donation will help towards your sister's rebuild.Best wishes


    • Dion Dassanayake

      Dion Dassanayake

      Dec 9, 2017

      Sorry to hear about all your sister and her family went through. Very glad they’re safe and sound dude.


    • Timothy Lunn

      Timothy Lunn

      Dec 1, 2017


    • Valerie Collins Collins

      Valerie Collins Collins

      Nov 24, 2017

      Wishing your family all the best in rebuilding their home out there.


    • Sue Tombs

      Sue Tombs

      Nov 4, 2017

      I can't imagine what it must be like to go through such a disaster. Do hope things gradually improve for your family.


    • Andrew Holder

      Andrew Holder

      Oct 20, 2017

      Hope this helps a bit Matt


    • John Bates

      John Bates

      Oct 18, 2017

      Best wishes on the rebuilding.


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