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Pirate FM Listeners rally around flood-hit Chacewater family

By piratefm  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Carly Lobb, her Sister Jo and Children come to say thank you at Pirate FM, with Neil Caddy and Tina Bessell

Carly Lobb, her Sister Jo and Children come to say thank you at Pirate FM, with Neil Caddy and Tina Bessell

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The kindness and generosity of a local family has helped a mother and children they didn't even know, in their time of need.

Carly Lobb from Chacewater and her family were shocked on new Years' Day to find that their house had been flooded – for the second time in less that a year.

The water included sewage, which ruined the kitchen and all it's appliances. Also, most heartbreakingly, it ruined the Christmas presents of her children Rhys (7), Kian (3) and Freya (7 months).

Pirate FM received a phone call from Carly's sister, who told Breakfast Show presenters Neil and Tina about the situation – and revealed that because of a flood last year, they were unable to get insurance, meaning that all of the ruined items weren't covered.

Listening to her story on the radio, was Tabitha Hoskin from Mawgan and her children Kitty (5) and Samuel (3).

"The children just said to me, we'd like to give those children our Christmas presents" said Tabitha. 

"So I thought, well, if they can do that, then I must be able to do something to help them too."

Tabitha decided to take on a mammoth mission, approaching businesses in the area to help replace the lost items, and refurbish the house after the devastating flood.

So many businesses had heard about Carly and her family on Pirate FM, that they were more than happy to help them out when approached – donating over £600 of items to the family to help them get back on their feet.

"We would just like to thank Pirate FM for there kindness, and all the businesses who have donated to my family." said Carly.

"Also to the kind people out there who have helped, especially Kitty and Samuel - two special little children."

Tina Bessell from the Breakfast Show said: "We must say a huge thank you to Tabitha and her family for their selfless efforts to help another family in need, as well as all the contributors.

"Since hearing about it, more listeners have got in contact with us with offers of furniture, kitchen appliances and anything else the family might need. 

"We live in the most amazing place in the world, with the most amazing people who are happy to support their community in times of need. It's a real privilege to have been a part of this heartwarming story."

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