As you all may be aware, Greg’s car was returned by the police, following an online appeal by villagers and the wider community last week. During this appeal, a GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds to obtain a caravan for Greg.
On the evening of Friday 19th February, there was concern over Greg’s safety, following his car being seized. Many villages joined force in search of Greg in the woods, due to the low temperatures and bad weather. Greg was luckily located and a very kind villager, Dani Camp persuaded Greg to stay at their home and offered him a warm bed for the night, hot meal and clean clothes.
Greg was offered several nights in the local Travelodge, courtesy of Anthony Binns, allowing time for a caravan to be sourced and moved to its new safe location, Newbrook Farm. By Sunday 21st February an amazing sum of £3,080 was raised in total. Following this an offer was received by a couple to donate their caravan to Greg.
Local villagers (Anthony Binns and James Alderman) made arrangements for Greg’s caravan to be located at Newbrook Farm and for it to become Greg’s new home (even installing his very own doorbell on the gate!).
The funds raised by the GoFundMe account has so far been used to provide Greg with everything required to set up the caravan, including cooking utensils, bedding, clothing and electrical appliances. In addition to this Greg now has a new wardrobe of clothes to keep him warm in the cooler months.
During the appeal, Joe Lynam from Kettering has offered to MOT Greg’s car free of charge and carry out any work that is required. The remainder of the funds will be used to Tax and insure Greg’s vehicle to ensure that recent events do not reoccur.
Claire Gurney, founder of “The Shack Food Project” in Kettering has been working with Greg to ensure that he has access help and support as required and Greg will be supported by the charity moving forward.
On Wednesday 24th February, Greg moved into his new abode and expresses his sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone involved in helping him in his time of need.
We would like to thank all the villagers, in addition to those outside the Titchmarsh community who have contributed towards Greg’s fund, who have assisted in providing food and care for Greg, past and present and who have supported us to ensuring Greg is safe and well. The response to the appeal has been amazing and it just goes to show how much can be achieved when people come together.