During the pandemic, James Anderson – a plumber with a big heart – has spent $77,000 assisting thousands of vulnerable families fix their plumbing and heating at no cost.
James Anderson, back in 2017, was invited to a home for a second opinion and here he caught a heating company making attempts to swindle a disabled and elderly man of £5,500.
Saddened by what he saw, he established Depher (Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response) and ever since, has assisted over 10,000 families.
The 53-year-old plumber vowed to assist the elderly and disabled with their plumbing and heating no matter the cost. But since then he has even extended his generosity during the pandemic offering PPE, food parcels, and even paying people’s bills.
Anderson, who fathers six children revealed that during the pandemic alone, he has spent £57,000, adding that every penny was worth it if people were kept people warm and alive.
“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.” – A Burnley tradesman
Currently, James works with Lancashire-based plumbers, as well as those in Leeds, Manchester, some parts of Scotland, and Nottingham, hoping to cover the entire UK eventually— and owns a GoFundMe page for donations. According to him “the reaction from people has been so humbling and emotional for me.”
Just within Christmas and New Year day, he with three apprentices, four engineers, and three volunteers, have handled 93 jobs at no cost.
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.James Anderson