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£2,540raised of £5,000 target by 45 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 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.

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UPDATED AFTER CLARE AND KIDS' ARRIVAL IN UK 18/9/17

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.

UPDATED AFTER PHONE CONTACT FROM GARY ON 9/9/17

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.

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  • Matt Deubert3 months ago
    Matt Deubert

    Matt Deubert

    3 months 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 Deubert3 months ago
    Matt Deubert

    Matt Deubert

    3 months 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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  • Matt Deubert3 months ago
    Matt Deubert

    Matt Deubert

    3 months ago

    Thank you for your support. Gary thinks it will take months to restore the power so the road ahead is a long one, but as many people are saying, possessions can be replaced. We're just glad they're alive.

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3 months ago

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45

  • 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.

    £20.00

  • Timothy Lunn

    Timothy Lunn

    Dec 1, 2017

    £20.00

  • Valerie Collins Collins

    Valerie Collins Collins

    Nov 24, 2017

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

    £20.00

  • 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.

    £50.00

  • Andrew Holder

    Andrew Holder

    Oct 20, 2017

    Hope this helps a bit Matt

    £30.00

  • John Bates

    John Bates

    Oct 18, 2017

    Best wishes on the rebuilding.

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 15, 2017

    £20.00

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