The humanitarian spirit of Sudbury following last year’s devastating town centre fire has been praised as a trust set up to help victims looks to give out the last of money donated.
Around £16,000 was raised following the fire, with individual donations, sponsored events and concerts held.
Rooms-full of necessities including clothes were donated for the families that had lost everything in the fire which destroyed homes and businesses in Market Hill.
Families, individuals and businesses are still counting the cost of the blaze which started in Celebrities Nails on Sunday, September 6, but support has come from the funds which have been distributed by the Sudbury Fire and Relief Trust.
The trust is appealing for anybody still needing support to come forward as it looks to wind up with around £4,000 left to distribute.
Trust chairman Tim Ayrton said the support from the Sudbury community had been vital for those that were directly affected by the fire.
“I think it’s been a life-saver for them, a real lifeline. It has made a big difference to a lot of people.
“When you look at the type of community Sudbury is and the support given to people it is such a tremendous example of the community spirit that exists and it’something that everybody that had a hand in this can feel pleased about.
“Sudbury is a place where people care for one another. Their achievements in raising £16,000 are shockingly good.”
A quarter of the money raised was used in the first few weeks for those individuals and businesses in desperate need following the blaze.
The remainder was given out once the trust was set up shortly before Christmas.
Some applications for the remaining monies have already been received, with Mr Ayrton explaining that there were still families suffering hardship as a result of the fire more than 10 months on.
“As the trust wasn’t set up until a few days before Christmas, when you consider we’ve been successful in giving out all of the money in six months for a group of trustees who have other lives and who are not being paid, really I think we’ve served the people in the best way we could,” said Mr Ayrton.
“We’ve tried to do it as effectively and efficiently as possible. It has been a difficult task.”
Individuals who have suffered direct loss or distress as a result of the fire should make an application to the trustees within the next 28 days. Applications should include a summary of the reason for applying along with full contact details.
Funds to support business owners have already been distributed and no further monies are available for this.
Please send applications to The Sudbury Fire and Relief Trust, The Town Hall, Old Market Place, Sudbury.