Support from pub for Kettering McQueen family after house fire

The aftermath of the fire in Kettering

The aftermath of the fire in Kettering

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A pub has replaced a teenager’s laptop after a fire at the family home destroyed this along with many of his games and consoles.

The team at the Warren Hungry Horse pub in Kettering wanted to support Michelle and James Barrow, whose house was severely damaged by a fire, by replacing a much needed laptop for their 14-year-old autistic son Jordan.

When we heard that a local family’s home was damaged in such a way we immediately wanted to help

Kerry Dukes

It comes after the conservatory at their family home was destroyed by a blaze on June 1 which saw Jordan’s laptop, which is essential for his school work, and the rest of its contents go up in flames.

Kerry Dukes, manager of the Warren in Stamford Road, knows Michelle and James through the charity work they do with their Kettering McQueen cars, and when she heard about the family’s plight she got in contact to say she would replace Jordan’s laptop on behalf of the pub.

Kerry said: “We are a family-friendly pub and being part of the community is very important to us, so when we heard that a local family’s home was damaged in such a way we immediately wanted to help.

“The fact that we know Michelle and James from when they have supported fundraising events at the pub in the past just made that desire to do something for them even greater and I am pleased we could sort out a new laptop for Jordan.”

The family has been inundated with help since the fire, including an event at the Wayfarers Inn in Kettering and a charity football match organised by Brett Noble.

An online page has also been set up to help the family which is well-known for taking its Kettering McQueen cars to events around the area to raise money to buy items for youngsters at Kettering General Hospital’s Skylark Ward.

More than £1,500 has been raised through the online appeal so far.

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