One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Donations To Help Honiton House Fire Family
After the deaths of 3 people in a house fire in Honiton, a 16 year old girl has helped to rally the community together to help the family build their lives again.
A toddler and two teenagers died after a house fire in Honiton last Friday (5th April 2013), now a 16 year old has helped start an appeal to help the family.
The fire broke out in Lee Close just before 8am. A 17 year old girl, her 3 year old brother and her boyfriend Andy Gunn all died of their injuries in hospital.
Stephanie Sparkes decided to help out when an appeal was set up for donations and essentials, which would help the family. The appeal soon spiralled.
Beaumont and Mills Removals set up the appeal, with the help of Stephanie to co-ordinate the fundraising efforts.
They've had more than 4 removal vans worth of donations collected from their home in Honiton, where members of the community, and people from as far afield as Ireland have been donating things to help out.
A group has been set up on Facebook, with collection points and details of what items are still needed.
Stephanie's mum Vikki has been helping her daughter to co-ordinate the collections. Shops across Honiton have chipped in, and every business in the town now has a collection tin to raise money. The money raised will not just go to the family affected by the tragic fire, but also the Firefighters, Police Officers and Paramedics who were at the scene.
Vikki tells Heart that any duplicate items that are donated will be sold on, to raise money for the emergency services.
Stephanie's been given the support of Honiton Mayor David Foster, who's holding a quiz night, raffle and auction to raise funds.
Beaumont and Mills have even set up a paypal account, for donations, which have been coming in from as far afield as France and Ireland.
You can listen to our interview with Stephanie and Vikki by clicking here
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