A charity, heating company and the local community all came together to help an Abbots Langley man in his 90s who desperately needed a new boiler.
Herts Help, which is a free helpline for people in crisis, got in touch with Watford’s Avenue Heating after becoming aware of William Long, 92.
William’s boiler in his mobile home had been broken since October last year, meaning he had gone around six months without any heating or hot water.
He had dangerously been relying on heat coming from his gas fire, turning up the hob burners on his stove.
He couldn’t have a bath in that time, so he would instead heat water in a kettle to wash himself with.
Herts Help were desperate to sort William’s problem out, but didn’t have the resources to fix and pay for the boiler themselves.
They instead got in touch with Avenue Heating, who have been helping elderly residents with their plumbing and heating for free throughout lockdown.
The charity sent down their heating engineer, Winston Davis, who quickly realised the boiler would have to be replaced entirely.
Winston, wanting to replace William’s boiler for free, set up a Crowdfunding page in the hope that residents would chip in £900 to help. The page swiftly surpassed £1,100.
Following the complementary boiler installation, William thanked everyone on Avenue Heating’s Facebook page.
He said: “I just want to say how very thankful I am for all these people’s who helped me. I’ve never had this done for me before, and I’m so grateful, and it just shows you that there are so many kind people out there.”
The extra £200 has been donated to Herts Help.