Whitnash family get heartwarming help after fire wrecks their home

Friends and loved ones of a Whitnash family whose lives have been turned upside down by a fire at their home have impressively rallied round in their time of need.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 10:22 am
Scott Chambers with Natalie Shaw-Capehorn.

Jo Brooks, Tim Blackwell and their five children aged from six months to 12 are currently staying at hotel after their house was devastated by the blaze last weekend.

Their landlord Orbit Housing was trying to find a new house for them or temporary accommodation while the house in Albert Bean Close is repaired, but they have lost many items clothes and toys for the children.

Hearing of their friends’ situation, Warwick Gates couple Natalie Shaw-Capehorn and Scott Chambers, Mr Blackwell’s mother Ann, his brother David and his brother’s partner Nicki Simpson and Miss Brooks’ parents Lilian and Paul and her cousin Rachael Hughes have all played a part in the campaign to get the family’s lives back on track.

David Blackwell

This has included an appeal on Facebook for donations of clothing and other items, as well as appealing to supermarkets in and around Leamington to provide food vouchers and other stores to see if they would replace some of the family’s damaged items.

Miss Shaw-Capehorn said: “I put out an appeal to my friends on Facebook and it hasn’t stopped - there are still people coming back to me.

“Scott and I just couldn’t stand there and do nothing, we wanted to help.

“The priority is to get as much back into their lives as possible now.

Nicki Simpson

“As a mother of four I know how devastating it would feel for a fire to affect the kids in any way, we want them to know everything will be OK.

“But we are over the moon they are still here - that means so much more than material things.”

If you can help, contact the Courier via Facebook.

David Blackwell
Nicki Simpson