Sudbury Fire Trust to support victims
A trust set up to distribute monies raised following the devastating fire in Sudbury town centre on September 6 is looking for victims to get in touch.
Twenty households were left homeless as properties and businesses were destroyed in the fire which started in Celebrities Nails in Market Hill.
Now a share of the £15,000 raised will be distributed to residents and business owners affected by the fire, which destroyed the 19th Century Goldsmith’s Mansion building housing the nail salon and the Oxfam charity shop.
The neighbouring Cobblers and Keys Locksmiths was also destroyed, with severe damage to clothing retailer Javelin and the HSBC bank.
Properties above the businesses were destroyed while businesses and properties along Gainsborough Street were evacuated, with some damaged by the fire.
The trust was formally set up just before Christmas and is now looking for those affected to get in touch so it can support as many people as possible.
Trust chairman Tim Ayrton said: “The trust is now fully operational and ready to receive requests for assistance. We are keen to hear from anyone who has suffered loss as a result of the fire.
“My colleagues and I recognise the importance of this fund to those who were caught up in this terrible fire.
“You can be assured every application we receive will be considered most diligently by the trustees.”
Anyone affected by the fire should contact the trust in writing enclosing as much detail as possible.
The letter should be addressed to The Sudbury Fire Trust, The Town Hall, Old Market Place, Sudbury CO10 1TL.
Mr Ayrton added: “Following my recent appointment to the trust, I would like to thank everyone who has donated funds and given other expressions of support.
“My thanks also go to the town council for administering the funds whilst the trust was being set up.”
There had been some criticism from residents made homeless by the fire and from members of the public who helped to raise funds at the time it has taken to disperse the cash.
Staff at Sudbury Town Council said that the delay had been caused by the complicated process in setting up the trust and finding appropriate trustees.
Alongside Mr Ayrton the trust is made up by deputy mayor of Sudbury Sue Ayres, who is treasurer, Sudbury town and Babergh district councillor David Holland, who is a trust member and Nick Moulton, the trust’s vice chairman.