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Fundraiser set up as Gloucester City “lose everything” after kit man’s house fire

A fundraiser has been set up this week as Gloucester City “lose everything” after their kit man’s devastating house fire.

Nearly £3,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe page after just a day of being set up, with the money for Chris Farr after he suffered a catastrophic fire which has left his home destroyed and his mother hospitalised.

The National League North club have since reported that she has since been discharged from hospital and is now recovering, our best wishes go to her and those involved.


“Unfortunately our kit man Chris Farr suffered a catastrophic fire at his house last night, caused by his tumble dryer.

‘Chris’ 81 year old mum remains in hospital after the fire, and we all send her our best wishes.

“As a club, we have unfortunately lost everything from drinks bottles to warm up kit, as well as catapult GPS vests and all the away kit.

“The Gloucester City AFC Supporters Trust have made a donation to help Chris in these most trying of circumstances, and as many people on social media have expressed a wish to help, we’ve made it easy with this gofundme page.

“Any amount, however small, will be a huge help!”

Gloucester City AFC have issued a statement, stating that the blaze broke out at kit man Chris Farr’s home on Sunday evening with it thought a tumble dryer caused the fire.

A number of the club’s equipment, including drinks bottles, home and away kit and high tech performance-monitoring vests had also been stored in his home.

Patrick Chambers, the club’s chairman, said: “It only happened yesterday so it’s all hands to the pump to try and make sure we can replace everything.

“We’ve already seen a few fans that have reached out online asking how can we help.

“We’re not in the best place financially, so something like this really does add to our woes, but we’ll come through it, we’ll stick together and we’ll find a way of moving forward, I’m certain.”

Here’s how Twitter users reacted with a fundraiser set up after Gloucester City “lose everything” after the kit man’s house fire…

@TauntonTownFC: Sending our thoughts to Chris’ mum after the tragedy, from everyone at Taunton Town F.C 🙏

@EastleighFC: All of our thoughts go to those affected! 💙

@Official_STFC: Sending our thoughts to all those affected from everyone at #STFC! ❤️

@coleshilltownfc: Fingers crossed for your mother with her recovery. If Chris is anything like out kit man he would of had everything football in there. Looks like you’ve got a lot of support in this link! 🤞🤞

@KitmanTommyBoy: Sorry to hear this thoughts are with Chris and his mum as well as other family members affected.

@DJNelsonPhotos: That’s awful. Hope she makes a quick and full recovery soon. Kit can be replaced, people can’t. 🙏

@HungerfordTown: Sorry to hear this, we all hope Chris’ mum is doing Ok and send her all our best wishes

@tinkzox: I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope Mrs Farr makes a full recovery ☹️ Are you making a go fund me account? Happily contribute to it.

@ManorFarmFC: Terribly sad 😞 Our thoughts are with Chris, his mother & #GCAFC during this time ❤️

@RomanGlassFC: Sending our thoughts to all those affected from everyone at Roman Glass St George 🖤🤍

@ashleyh19861: That’s awful, best wishes to everyone affected. If there’s a fundraising page I’d be more than happy to make a contribution

@SimonClark8: Horrible news. Sending my best wishes to Chris, his mum and family.

@rach_twinning: This is awful. Glad no one was seriously hurt or worse. Sending well wishes to all involved.

@DupreeDeb: Oh goodness that is awful. I hope his mum makes a swift recovery and they get support with the practicals from the insurance company. Horrific thing to happen

@MP_SportsPhotog: Awful news. Fingers crossed she makes a full recovery and Chris can get his home restored. Hope you guys get your gear replaced too. But most importantly, I really hope his mum pulls through. 🙏

@DanPace86: Absolutely devastating news. I hope Chris’ mum return to full health as soon as possible. Sending you best wishes from all @HerefordFC

@simonthomas27: Terrible to hear this. Wishing Chris’ mum a speedy recovery. @SwansOfficial can you help @GCAFCofficial in any way. Quite a few player connections over the years.

@bobbymoore82: So sorry to read this, Farro. One of the best and if you need a hand with anything, don’t be a stranger, pal.

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