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Fundraising efforts underway for man whose house was destroyed by fire

A photo of the remnants from the recent house fire on Sooke Rd., from fire chief Steve Sorensen, as posted on Twitter. - Steve Sorensen
A photo of the remnants from the recent house fire on Sooke Rd., from fire chief Steve Sorensen, as posted on Twitter.
— image credit: Steve Sorensen

A local woman has set up a fund for a man who lost everything in a devastating house fire on July 14.

So far, through a GoFundMe online account, over $820 has been raised for Gerry Campbell. The goal is to raise $5,000, said Tracy Cockroft, leader of the fundraising efforts.  “I’d like to replace that RV that he had on the land,” she said.

Campbell, 64, has lived on the Sooke Road property for 15 years as a renter. According to Cockroft, Campbell wishes to stay on the property, but he would like to live in an RV with no electricity hooked up.

“He said [the property] is all he’s ever known, all he’s ever had,” said Cockroft.

Cockroft said she might consider setting up a bank account where people can go in person to donate money. But for now, those wishing to help can go to the GoFundMe page, titled ‘Everything lost in a fire’ and give there or send Cockroft a private message through the page to make alternative arrangements .

Empty bottles, solar panels and water are also being collected for Campbell. People looking to drop off items as opposed to money are asked to go to Campbell’s property and give them to him directly.

“He wants to thank them personally,” said Cockroft.

Currently a garage sale is being planned for August 30 and 31 to raise money for Campbell. Although a location has yet to be chosen, Cockroft said she and Campbell are hopeful to get the property cleaned up and have it right there.

Anyone wondering how they can help can get in touch with Cockroft via the GoFundMe page, or by emailing her at krazytwacy19@hotmail.com.

by Andrea Peacock

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