Fire-hit Leicestershire charity receives £500 donation from Bellway

Publication Date: 11-06-2024 09:00

Fire-hit Leicestershire charity receives £500 donation from Bellway

A Leicestershire drug and alcohol addiction recovery charity whose residential centre in Six Hills was severely damaged by fire has received support from local homebuilder Bellway.

The Carpenter’s Arms charity, which is based in Loughborough, launched a Fire Disaster Appeal following the blaze which happened at the end of March at its Six Hills property situated between Loughborough and Melton Mowbray. No-one was injured in the incident, but it caused extensive fire and smoke damage.

Bellway East Midlands, which has its regional headquarters in Leicester, has offered to boost the recovery fund with a £500 donation, which will go towards new furniture and carpets.

CEO of The Carpenter’s Arms Richard Spence said: “The support offered to us from so many quarters has been incredible. Currently the money raised for our fire appeal sits at just shy of £20,000. I’m truly blown away by the support of the local community. Bellway’s donation and Andrew’s visit to Six Hills provided a much-needed boost early on in our appeal and I look forward to showing them the difference their gift has made when we unveil the restoration work later this year.”

The Carpenter’s Arms helps men living with addiction and the centre in Six Hills is a 29-bedroom property where it provides part of its residential programme.

Although the charity has been able to keep the centre up and running after the fire, the incident caused extensive fire damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the dining room, gym, reception area and offices that staff and residents had refurbished over the last three years.

Bellway East Midlands is building homes at developments across Leicestershire and Assistant Site Manager Andrew Pollard went to visit the charity to talk to Richard and learn more about its work.

Bellway East Midlands Sales Director, Steve Smith, said: “The Carpenter’s Arms makes a life-changing difference to the people it helps. Addiction can destroy lives, but the programme provided by the charity helps people to rebuild their lives and recover.

“To lose so much in the fire in terms of equipment, not to mention all the hard work that had been carried out on the building in recent years is heartbreaking. I know that the charity will rebuild, and we are very pleased to be able to help with a donation towards that work.”

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