Fundraiser held for fire-hit Kettering family

Fire Damage: Kettering: House fire in Bonham Court fire leaves family with no insurance with no possessions 'l-r Claire Gurney (mum) with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started. 'Monday 22nd September 2014 NNL-140922-201353009

Fire Damage: Kettering: House fire in Bonham Court fire leaves family with no insurance with no possessions 'l-r Claire Gurney (mum) with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started. 'Monday 22nd September 2014 NNL-140922-201353009

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A mum forced to leave her home after it was devastated by a fire has thanked people who rallied to help her at a fundraising event.

Claire Gurney, 32, said the two weeks since the blaze damaged her family home in Bonham Court have been overwhelming.

A fundraising event was held at the Harlequin pub in Kettering on Sunday

A fundraising event was held at the Harlequin pub in Kettering on Sunday

On Sunday, wellwishers gathered at The Harlequin pub in Kettering for a family fun day organised by a newly-formed group called The Copperfields Foundation to help raise money to buy Claire new furniture and other items.

Claire and her three children, Kayley, 16, Daniel, 14, and Freya, five, are currently living in emergency accommodation in Essex Place, Kettering.

Speaking after the event, Claire said: “The day went well. The children enjoyed themselves.

“About £153 was raised.

“I’m really thankful for all the help we’ve been given so far. It’s been overwhelming.”

Claire said she will be unable to return to her former home in Bonham Court because of the damage and she is currently looking for alternative accommodation.

The event on Sunday was organised by Chaz Lewis, from the Copperfields Foundation, in a bid to help out Claire’s family following the blaze.

The foundation had been created only a few weeks earlier in late August – after a family in Copperfield Close, Kettering, had been forced out of their home after a fire.

After hearing about Claire’s misfortune, Chaz got in touch with her on Facebook and began to organise the Sunday event.

Claire has also set up a webpage where people can make donations to help her buy new furniture and other items.