District five representative Paul Whit and district board member Mélissa Montout present the cheque to Charles Richardson.
District five makes donation to
fire victim Charles Richardson
MARIGOT–District five representative Paul Whit on Thursday offered financial assistance to Charles Emmanuel Richardson, on behalf of the district, following the fire that destroyed Richardson’s house in St. James a few weeks ago on May 12, 2017.
Richardson and family are currently in temporary housing in Hameau du Pont organised by the Collectivité until a permanent solution can be found. The fire was caused by an electrical fault according to the Fire Department. Fortunately no one was in the house at the time.
Paul Whit said the donation was also being made in recognition of Father’s Day on Sunday.
“He (Richardson) is a long time fisherman, a responsible father and a model example to the community,” said Whit. “We want to wish him a happy Father’s Day on Sunday but to reassure him that the district is with him during this difficult time of loss. But he’s very courageous and that gives me courage. He said to me that nothing troubles him and he is just waiting calmly to see what evolves.
“This cheque is a token of appreciation, but also to help him purchase necessary items for the family which is a large one. The Collectivité has already helped out with food and clothes. It’s important for the community to stick together and help each other. The old people have a saying: ‘When you smell your neighbour’s pot burning, make sure you throw water on your pot.’”
Richardson said he had left the house just 20 minutes before the fire started. One thing he did manage to save was his passport.