Burnley plumber's plans to help community during coronavrius crisis

Burnley plumber James Anderson who went viral online after carrying out work for an elderly woman who was terminally ill with leukaemia, is now helping other key workers and vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

By Dominic Collis
Thursday, 9th April 2020, 9:02 am
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 9:04 am

James, who lives in the Coal Clough area of Burnley, and his team are now preparing and delivering food parcels, offering gas and electricity top-ups, supporting NHS staff by delivering tokens of appreciation and providing breakdown repairs free of charge.

“The elderly, vulnerable, and those on low incomes need our help more than ever. Coronavirus is threatening their health and financial security. It’s essential that we support,” he said.

Following his inital kind gesture, James set up his not for profit, DEPHER (Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response) company.

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James Anderson

Since 2017, the Community Interest Company has been providing emergency heating and plumbing services to the elderly and disabled, free of charge.

In order to allow him to continue his good work, James is appealing to those who are willing to help. Having initially set up a GoFundMe page in November 2019, to help combat the coldest winter in a decade his new campaign is now aiming to reach a target of £50,000 to help those in need during the pandemic.

You can donate to the crowdfunder campaign by visiting DEPHER & LIFE, Community Together Amid Coronavirus.

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