Friends and strangers rally round Clydesdale family

The family home after the fire (Photo by Emma Mitchell)
The family home after the fire (Photo by Emma Mitchell)

Neighbours, friends and complete strangers have rallied round a Clydesdale family whose house was destroyed by fire last week.

Friends offered the Campbell family accommodation after their home in the tiny village of Libberton was gutted in the blaze, destroying all their belongings,

And a justgiving online fund set up to let them buy them what they would need and with a target of £300 had already raised well over £3600 as the Gazette went to press.

The initial support from local people was so great that Sue and Crawford Campbell, with sons Euan (16) and Calum (19) were on Monday able to move into rented accommodation, furnished by friends and neighbours throughout the community.

Tribute was paid at Libberton and Quothquan Church on Sunday to those involved in the “tremendous response” to the plight of the family, in giving clothes, food, household goods and cash.

And one of those promoting the online fund which will help the family build a future told the Gazette: “They have not had to buy anything, because people have given them everything - their kitchen cupboards are stocked, and they have furniture and beds,

”We have also started a list of items they would need in their new home. The support has been overwhelming.

“What an amazing community we live in.”

The justgiving site, set up by Stuart Smith who is a friend of Euan, is spreading on social media with friends, those who know the family from the boys’ younger days, and even total strangers giving money.

One family making a donation left a message to the family: “After such a tragedy it is heartwarming to see the support from the community and we are all hoping you can take comfort from this and get back to a happy family life as soon as possible.”

And one anonymous donor left a message on the site: “I don’t know the Campbell family but would like to let them know that their story has touched my heart. Wishing them all the best for rebuilding their lives knowing they’re not alone.”

And another anonymous donor said: “I didn’t know the family but I hope they get things sorted as quick as possible. This page goes to show how quickly a community can come together in times of need”.

That appeal still has over 20 days to run - Donate here

The list of items needed for the new home, which runs from a tattie peeler to a washing machine can be found here: List is here