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20th Jan, 2022

Redditch family who lost everything in devastating house fire thank local community

Harry Leach 7th Oct, 2020

A FAMILY still suffering from the effects of a devastating house fire have thanked the people of Redditch for their continued support.

Tim and Lindsay Brooks, and their three children, were taken to hospital in June following a blaze at their Lilac Close home.

All of their possessions were destroyed and Tim and Lindsay’s daughter, Olivia, who suffered the most severe burns, still remains in hospital for treatment.

If it wasn’t for kind-hearted people in their local community, the family say they would struggle to stay positive.

Thousands of pounds have been raised to help the family get back on their feet.

Tim’s brother Doug, who never left his nephew’s side throughout his entire hospital stay, has raised more than ¬£14,000 on Go Fund Me.

And £2,020 was raised by family friend Maria who put collection tins in various shops around Redditch.

Tim said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for their kindness – we are so grateful.

“We keep ourselves to ourselves so to see this level of support has been unreal.

“Our family at Redditch Martial Arts, where we are all members, have been amazing throughout.

“They have helped get our temporary accommodation ready for us to live in while our old home is being rebuilt.

“Everything including decorating, gardening, flooring and glossing has been done completely free of charge.”

The family has also been gifted hampers of food and had warm clothes donated to them while they were staying in hospital.

Lindsay, who only recently stopped using crutches, added: “As a family we have been through the most traumatic time.

“We lost everything including our dog, and our daughter is still in hospital.

“We would like to thank our family, friends and the community for all the love and support we have received.”

Olivia has been showing signs of progress in recent weeks and was able to leave the hospital temporarily on her birthday.

She is expected to return home for good soon.

You can help support the Brooks family by donating HERE.

Special thanks from the family goes to:


  • Donna Hill at Happy Hackers
  • Doug’s Cycles for fixing Tim’s motorbike
  • Choice Floors (Craig Towler)
  • Bespoke Butchers
  • Laura James Furniture
  • Michael Shaw
  • And all the local shops collecting cash including: Rectory Road Fish Bar, Mount Pleasant Store, Pete the Meat, Astwood Bank Bakery, The Flying Fish, Premier Inn in Astwood Bank, Golden House Chinese, Kang Stores, Pound Stretcher and The Wine Rack


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