Rothesay fire family fund tops £3,000

A GoFundMe page set up to help the Roberts family had attracted �3,110 in donations by the time this article was published.
A GoFundMe page set up to help the Roberts family had attracted �3,110 in donations by the time this article was published.

More than £3,000 has been donated to an online fund set up to help a Rothesay family whose home was destroyed in a devastating fire earlier this week.

The GoFundMe page was set up by island resident Andy Walters after the blaze ripped through Elmbank House, home to Chris and Kim Roberts and their family, on Monday night.

Andy set a £500 target for the page, but by Thursday morning donations had reached more than six times that amount, with 159 people giving a total of £3,110 as this article was published. (Click here if you’d like to give a donation.)

Writing on his Facebook page, Chris said on Wednesday: “Thank you all so much for the support that’s being offered to our family. We are just humbled by the generosity of you all, please pass on my gratitude to everyone that has offered to help us, so many people to thank and we don’t know where to start.”

Several island businesses and community groups have also offered help to the family. In addition to giving online, donations can also be made in person at Rothesay Post Office in Guildford Square and at Bute Oasis in Argyle Street.