There tend to be two kind of heroes; the fictional ones who fly through the air in capes and the real ones who donate cash or fundraise vast sums of money for charities.
But what about those who invest their time? And better yet, waive their fees?
That’s exactly what one plumber is doing to help vulnerable people survive our cold winters.
We’re not just talking lending a hand to neighbours, James Anderson has saved a staggering 10,000 families from heating and plumbing issues since he began his mission.
Speaking about his quest, the Lancashire-based tradesman explained that he simply wants to loan his services to others as he believes it is his civic duty to.
James explained: “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.”
James’ humanitarianism began back in 2017, when he was called by an elderly and disabled man for a second opinion on his property.
When James arrived, he discovered the first company who had visited had attempted to con the customer out of £5,500.
Feeling disgusted at the way this man had been treated, James’ philanthropy kicked in and he founded Depher [Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response].
His team now help those struggling completely free of charge, proudly writing ‘NIL’ on invoices.
During lockdown, the company evolved to provide food parcels, PPE, and even pay bills for people – with James, 53, spending £57,000 of his own money to protect people in need.
Speaking to Good News Network, James – who works across Lancashire, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, and Scotland – said it was “worth every penny” to keep people alive and warm.
The company have now set-up a GoFundMe page to accept donations, in particular because James’ health has taken a turn and he can longer work seven days a week as he once did.
Having been hit hard by Covid-19, James is still in recovery while his team continue his good work, including helping 93 families over Christmas with free heating to keep them warm.
We need more James’ in the world!
To donate, click here: Depher.