Plumber receives £80k in donations after going viral for offering free services to elderly and disabled – The Sun

A PLUMBER who offers elderly and disabled customers free services is hoping to spread his work across the country after receiving £80,000 in donations.

A picture of James Anderson’s bill for £0 to a 91-year-old woman with leukaemia went viral after appearing online and in The Sun.

James, 52, of Burnley, Lancs, said he had received £79,767 from all over the world.

He said: “We don’t just have to do Lancashire now. I’m going to be ringing local engineers in the wider area.”

His work, which he carries out through not-for-profit company Depher, has since received support from all over the world.

Mr Anderson said: "People are talking about doing it in America, France and Australia, and they're all going to contact me to get advice and guidance as to how to do it in their countries.

"Hopefully… we can bring all communities together for one common cause across the planet, so everybody who's elderly and disabled, not just in the UK, can benefit from something like this in society."

Furthermore, the donations mean that Mr Anderson can increase the amount of help his company offers, which extends from free to discounted service, as well as advice on what other help might be available.

He said: "I had to lay two of the lads off because I couldn't afford it, then I had to go out and do the jobs myself as well as the paperwork, advertising, quotes and everything else.

"Now I can look at bringing them back."

And while the work is focused on others, strangers have been making sure Mr Anderson is able to sustain his efforts by helping him pay off the debt he has racked up having switched to not-for-profit work.

"A lady from London rang up and put £2,000 in my personal bank account for me to pay towards my debt, and another gentleman rang up and put £1,000 in for me," he said.

"That's £3,000 off the debt, which will keep the wolves from the door until I can get some more private jobs."

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