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Canterbury Tannery estate fire JustGiving appeal launched to help families left homeless by blaze

By KentOnline reporter

A JustGiving appeal has been launched to help raise money for families left homeless by a devastating city centre fire.

As many as 30 homes were destroyed or damaged when the blaze engulfed a block of flats on the Old Tannery estate on Saturday afternoon.

Six families have been told their homes are uninhabitable, with many more facing the prospect of theirs being demolished.

Colette Scott and her four children have lost everything

Colette Scott and her four children have lost everything

Among those left with nothing is mum-of-four Colette Scott.

It is the second tragedy to hit the 34-year-old in recent years, following the death of her fiance Callum Osborne in 2011.

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The groundworker was in a trench on a building site in Swalecliffe when it collapsed on him.

His daughter Star, now four, was born after his death, and all her pictures and mementos of her late father were lost in the fire.

The devastation of the Tannery estate fire

The devastation of the Tannery estate fire

Like many, Colette was not covered by contents insurance and has lost everything.

Those lucky enough to have been insured still face the battle of realising the true value of their treasured possessions.

The Kentish Gazette, a KM Group newspaper covering Canterbury, has launched a fundraising appeal to help those affected by the blaze.

All money raised will be passed to the Town and Country Foundation, a charitable arm of the housing association which manages the homes.

Fire rips through the roof of the flats

Fire rips through the roof of the flats

It will distribute the funds to those affected, helping as best possible to rebuild their lives.

The money will fund essentials like clothes, beds, washing machines, fridges and furniture.

To make a donation visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/tanneryfireappeal.

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