Support continues to come in for Kettering McQueen family after house fire

James Barrow outside the house

James Barrow outside the house

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Help is continuing to flood in for a family who suffered a major blaze at their home.

Michelle and James Barrow saw their conservatory and all its contents destroyed in a fire at their house in Kettering last week.

The aftermath of the fire

The aftermath of the fire

As soon as people heard about it, support started coming in for the family which is more accustomed to helping others by taking their Kettering McQueen cars to events around the area to raise money for Kettering General Hospital’s Skylark Ward.

A two-day fundraiser took place at the Wayfarers pub in Kettering last weekend, more than £1,500 has been donated online and Stuffed Pizza and Grill in Dalkeith Place, Kettering, has offered some free food to the family.

Brett Noble is also organising a football match kicking off at 2pm on Sunday at Latimer Park with Kettering Sunday league team BTT United taking on Kettering Town FC Under-21s.

As James Barrow has helped the team with photography in the past, they were keen to return the favour.

Brett said: “As soon as we heard that something had happened, we said let’s give something back.

“They had helped us out and we know all the stuff they do with the cars and the children so it was a no-brainer.”

He added: “Kettering Town have been absolutely brilliant in sorting this out, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

“It’s great to see the whole community coming together to help them.”

Brett is urging people to go along to support the event so they can give something back to James and Michelle who do so much for others.

Admission is £2 and the bar and burger van will be open from midday, with all proceeds going to the family.

But despite the fire, James and Michelle have said all bookings for the Kettering McQueen cars are going ahead as planned.

Michelle said they have been inundated with offers of help, and they are really grateful for the efforts of Brett and everyone taking part on Sunday.

She added: “We are just amazed by it.

“More than £1,500 has also been raised online which is outstanding, we are just so grateful to everyone.”

The online appeal was launched by the Copperfields Foundation, which helps people in need in the Kettering area.

Anyone who would like to donate and help reach the £3,000 target can go to http://www.copperfieldsfoundation.org/mcqueen.html.