Thornhill Lees club helps blaze victim

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Morton House Club vice-president Peter Allsop, right, with Mick Hampshire, a lifelong member whose house was burnt out. (d09021172)
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Morton House Club vice-president Peter Allsop, right, with Mick Hampshire, a lifelong member whose house was burnt out. (d09021172)
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CLUB members have raised money to help one of their group whose home was destroyed by fire.

Mick Hampshire has been going to the Morton House Club for 42 years, and over the weekend the club raised more than £250 for him.

Mr Hampshire lost all of his possessions when a fire tore through his house in Lees Holm, Thornhill Lees, last Monday morning.

So members of Morton House, in Lees Hall Road, held raffles, collected cash in a bucket and donated a £20 Asda voucher to help Mr Hampshire get back on his feet.

Mr Hampshire said: “I just can’t get over how good people have been in this little village of ours.

“You know you’ve got friends, but you don’t realise you’ve got so many really good and loyal friends.

“I’ve not been able to walk past houses without people calling me in for a coffee.”

Club vice-president Peter Allsop said: “Everyone has rallied round and they have all given to help Mick. What we have done this weekend shows that the community support is still around.”

Mr Hampshire is currently staying in a flat in Headfield View, but hopes eventually to return to his lifelong home.