Hero plumber spends $77,000 to provide free services to vulnerable families

  • James Anderson, a 53-year-old plumber, has helped thousands of families with their heating and plumbing needs for free during the pandemic.
  • James has started to help disabled and elderly people with this kind of home service since 2017.
  • He shared that “the reaction from people has been so humbling and emotional.”

One of the few good things that we have seen during the pandemic is a helping hand — like that of a plumber who spent $77,000 over free heating and plumbing services for vulnerable families.

Aspiring to help disabled and elderly people with their plumbing and heating needs “whatever the cost” is, 53-year-old James Anderson said he spent £57,000 during the pandemic alone. He said that it was “worth every penny” if it kept people alive and warm.

James Anderson (Photo Credit: Unknown/SWNS)

James’ desire was birthed in 2017. It was when he was called to a home for a second opinion and found out that a heating company attempted to con an elderly and disabled man with £5,500.

So, he founded Depher (Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response). He has since helped more than 10,000 families.

During the pandemic, he branched out to provide food parcels and PPE. He even paid bills for people!

Happy Customer (Photo Credit: Unknown/SWNS)

“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,” said the tradesman from Burnley, Lancashire. “We’ve all got a social responsibility to each other – we need to be there for each other.”

Currently working with plumbers based in Lancashire, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, and parts of Scotland, James hopes to eventually cover the entire UK.

From Christmas Day to New Year alone, James completed 93 jobs for free with the help of a local team of three volunteers, three apprentices, and four engineers .

“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,” the kind-hearted plumber said. “The reaction from people has been so humbling and emotional for me.”


You can also help comfort families in the cold winter months by prospering this thoughtful gesture of James. Donations can be processed through GoFundMe.


Source: Good News Network

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