In order to help thousands of vulnerable families during the pandemic, a selfless plumber has spent $77,000 to fix their heating and plumbing for free.
James Anderson is the founded of Depher (Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response) and has helped more than 10,000 families. He started the company when an incident happened in 2017. He was called to a home for a second opinion and caught a heating company who’d attempted to con an elderly and disabled man out of £5,500.
The 53 year-old pledged to help disabled and elderly people with their plumbing and heating “whatever the cost”. He has even provided food parcels, PPE, and payed bills for people.
James, who is a father of six, has spent £57,000 during the pandemic alone, however, he said it was “worth every penny” if it kept people alive and warm.
He expressed, “If you’ve got disabilities, issues, sometimes these things can become too difficult to overcome and we want to make sure they’re taken care of,”
“We’ve all got a social responsibility to each other – we need to be there for each other.”
Currently, Anderson works with plumbers based in Manchester, Lancashire, Leeds, Nottingham, and parts of Scotland. On Christmas Day and New Year alone him and a local team of three volunteers, three apprentices, and four engineers took on 93 jobs for free.
He said, “I work seven days a week, 70 hours a week. I haven’t taken a single day off. I’ll have enough rest when I’m dead.
He also has a GoFundMe page set up to help households through the cold winter months, which you can click here to support.