Outpouring of support for OAP

Zoe Parton at the Honeycomb charity shop in Ruddington has clothes for fire-hit OAP Bill Bellaby.
Zoe Parton at the Honeycomb charity shop in Ruddington has clothes for fire-hit OAP Bill Bellaby.

The community has come out in force with offers of help for a Kirk Hallam pensioner left temporarily homeless by a fire last week.

News has spread far and wide since we published a story last week about the devastating blaze at 71-year-old Bill Bellaby’s Tilton Grove home.

One offer of items of clothing has come from as far away as Ruddington in Nottinghamshire.

When staff at the Honeycomb charity shop in the village heard about Mr Bellaby’s plight they quickly bagged up some items for him.

Manager of the Christian charity shop Zoe Parton said: “We are all about meeting need and relieving poverty.

“We do it practically and prayerfully in situations like this. It’s is a classic case with this gentleman where it’s nice to give and know where it’s going.”

Zoe was told about the fire by villager Liz Flatters whose brother Steve Greenwood lives in Kirk Hallam and read our front page story last week.

Mr Bellaby is now in temporary accommodation in Derby, according to Rev David Fergus of All Saints Church, who put him up for two nights at the vicarage after the fire on Sunday September 15.

Rev Fergus said Mr Bellaby will be ‘delighted’ with the offers of support, which have also included offers of furniture from two Ilkeston residents.

“It’s really, really encouraging,” he said. “I’m quite impressed. I’m sure Bill will be delighted with these kind offers.”