Help after Calne home hit by lightning
5:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest News
An event organised by Calne Liberal Club has raised nearly £150 for Sainsbury’s check-out supervisor Janice Yates, whose house was hit by lightning at the beginning of August.
The lightning burned a hole in the roof of the house in Highgrove Close, Calne, blowing up several uninsured electrical items.
At the time Mrs Yates, 48, was in bed listening to the thunder, and her husband Michael, 52, a meter reader, was in the garden checking on their two cats.
To help her replace the destroyed items, the Calne Liberal Club, on Oxford Road, held an afternoon of live music, bingo and card games on bank holiday Monday.
Mrs Yates, who volunteers at the Liberal Club and attended the event, said she would like to thank those who donated towards the collection for their kindness.
She said: “It was absolutely fantastic. I’m over the moon, absolutely speechless.
“The club was packed and everyone was singing and dancing. It was quite an emotional day, I had a few tears in my eye, there were some really good friends there and everyone supported it.
“The collection will help me so much – I’m going to get a new television with it. The girls at work did a collection for me as well, so overall it was about £200.”
Sam Whitaker, president of the club, said: “Janice is a lovely girl and we thought we should do something for her as she’s in a bit of a predicament.
“She’s a well-liked person and it’s a real shame what’s happened.”
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