BIG SMILES: Charmaine Peck and Jamie Robinson lost their home in a house fire. Vivienne Stanbury and Judith Van de Pol from Goodna Services Club Community Support Group have helped out with $2700 in donations.
BIG SMILES: Charmaine Peck and Jamie Robinson lost their home in a house fire. Vivienne Stanbury and Judith Van de Pol from Goodna Services Club Community Support Group have helped out with $2700 in donations. Inga Williams

Community support provides relief for fire victims

JAMIE Robinson, Charmaine Peck and her six-year-old son James lost everything when a devastating fire left their Goodna home in ruins.

Clothes, furniture, household goods perished; all they were able to save besides themselves were a few precious photos.

"It's been an extremely stressful and emotional time," Ms Peck, who is expecting her second child in 11 weeks, said.

"We weren't insured and lost everything but we are all safe though and that's the main thing".

The house burned down about midday on June 4, but from out of the ashes there has been an outpouring of community support.

Goodna Services Club Community Support Group was among the first to offer the fire victims a helping hand.

Community support officer Vivienne Stanbury said her group had donated about $2700 in basic necessities like furniture and electrical goods.

"There was no publicity about the fire, so no one knew about the dire situation these people were in," Ms Stanbury said.

"Less than three days after learning about the disaster, we were out shopping for items to get them back on their feet."

Since then, others have come forward to offer their support.

Electronics and home appliance retailer The Good Guys donated $100 while Ipswich City Council made a donation of $2000.

Deputy mayor Victor Attwood visited the couple at the housing commission house they now call home to personally hand over the cheque.

Mr Attwood said the donation was made through the Mayor's Community Fund.

He said the Fund had always been there to help people like Ms Peck and Mr Robinson rebuild their lives in times of disaster.

Ms Peck said she was overwhelmed by the community's response.

"It's been such a relief to have been offered this kind of help," she said. "Everyone's kindness has turned our tears of sorrow into tears of happiness."

If you would like to make a donation, Ms Peck can be contacted on 0410 684 110.



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