By Josh, 16, Senior Reporter, Jill Dando News
(Photo from Twitter @Depheruk)
As living costs soar this is a superb story of kindness to cheer you up.
A British plumber is being hailed as a modern day hero after he founded a social enterprise which has helped more than two million of the UK’s most vulnerable people.
James Anderson, 54, runs DEPHER, the community interest company which provides heavily subsidised services for those who are struggling with the rising cost of living – up as much as 54% since the beginning of April.
Anderson has spent several years providing free or heavily subsidised emergency plumbing and heating services to vulnerable, older and disabled people within his community.
He is now working with gofundme to launch an emergency appeal after the covid-19 pandemic helping people to cope with the ever rising cost of living facing the world. Anderson said: “We saw a huge drop in support in the wider area and decided to put a plan of action in place just in case we were needed to support single parent families and children, not just the vulnerable and the elderly.
“We already do a lot with providing struggling families with food shopping vouchers and subsidising their energy bills and fixing their boilers.”
The modern day hero also added: “Go Fund Me approached Depher and asked if we could collaborate to raise money and we’ve been using their platform for years anyway”
DEPHER stands for Disabled & Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Repairs,
From paying people’s bills they can’t afford, to offering emergency plumbing and heating services, delivering food parcels and covering funeral payments, there is not a lot DEPHER, much like plumbers for that matter, can’t do.
Josh is the recipient of the first ever Jill Dando Summer internship after five years with the organisation. He started at Jill’s old school, Worle Community School Academy and will now go to The King Alfred School Academy.
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