Rothesay fire family ‘overwhelmed’ at kindness

Elmbank House in Rothesay, home to the Roberts family, was destroyed by fire on Monday, February 2, 2015.
Elmbank House in Rothesay, home to the Roberts family, was destroyed by fire on Monday, February 2, 2015.

The Rothesay man whose family home was destroyed in a devastating fire last week has thanked the community on Bute and beyond for their support.

Chris Roberts spoke to The Buteman after more than £3,000 was raised in an online appeal following the fire at the family’s home at Elmbank House on the evening of Monday, February 2.

In addition to financial donations made online and at local businesses, the family has also received offers of help in the form of clothes, accommodation and shopping vouchers and more to help them get back on their feet.

“We’ve just been overwhelmed by the amount of goodwill that’s been pointed at us,” Chris said.

“Parcels have been arriving at our door and at our friends’ houses. To be honest I’m struggling to cope with it because I’m not used to being on the receiving end of these things.”

Chris, his wife Kim and their children Nathan and Brianne were left without virtually all their possessions as a result of the fire, which claimed the lives of many of the family’s pets.

Everything relating to their charity, the Brianne Roberts Trust - set up to help families with seriously ill children after Brianne, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, fought a successful battle against the disease - was also destroyed.

“We’re getting messages from all over the world,” Chris continued, “and it’s kind of scary - because what did I do?

“But people have said to me ‘you’ve spent the last ten years doing what you do, and it’s time you let people do it for you’.”