Sidmouth woman funds home build

14:38 24 February 2012

Jo Clements

Jo Clements

Archant

Haiti earthquake prompts Sidmouth woman to collect for home build charity

A SIDMOUTH woman is “over the moon” after raising enough money to build a house.

When Jo Clements, 45, of Manstone Avenue, saw news of the Haiti earthquake two years ago, she decided to raise enough money for Habitat for Humanity charity to build a new home for someone affected by a natural disaster.

Now, following a number of coffee mornings and table top sales, along with soup and song at the Methodist church, and help from local singer Joan Edgecumbe, Jo has raised the £1,235 needed for a home.

“It is wonderful, I’m really over the moon about it,” she said. “I didn’t realise we had reached our target until I rang up to put in another £50 and asked how much more we needed to pay.

“When I was told we’d done it, it was fantastic.”

She said the brick-built house would be for a family of four. “Basic but what people need,” she added.

“People in different countries need different types of housing because in some places a house built one year might be washed away in a flash flood the next. These houses are built to last.”

Jo, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said members of the United Reformed Church had also been involved, collecting 5p pieces for the charity.

Just off to pay another bagful into the bank, she said: “It is surprising how quickly the amount builds up.”

Jo hopes the fund will continue to pay for a second home, and said Joan Edgecumbe has already planned to sing in March for the charity.

*Find out more about Habitat for Humanity at www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Fran Rose with her daughter Lucy in her previous electric wheelchair

A housebound Topsham woman, whose electric wheelchair broke down, is looking for a replacement to allow her to get out and about again.

Read more
Councillor Maddie Chapman was elected as the new Mayor of Exmouth at the annual meeting of the Exmouth Town Council on Monday evening and is pictured with Town Crier Roger Bourgein. Ref exe 7022-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Brixington’s Maddie Chapman has been elected as Exmouth’s mayor, taking over the mantle from Bill Nash.

Read more
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers founder Daniel Lavery will do whatever it takes to keep his lifeline service on the road so other families can receive the same help and care that saved his wife’s life.

Read more
09:31

The new co-ordinators of the Budleigh Salterton Voluntary Car Service are making an appeal for more drivers to come forward.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:43
Mick Harris and his wife Zena with Scully Scullion and Ella the Owl aboard the Hospiscare rickshaw, drumming up support for this year's sponsored Twilight Walk. Ref exe 7161-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A rickshaw built from old bicycle parts has been used to drum up support for the up-coming Hopsiscare Twilight Walk.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Devon County Show 2012. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9931-20-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Myphotos24

Organisers of the Devon County Show are putting the final touches to the county’s largest annual event, which opens today (Thursday) and runs until May 23 at Westpoint, Exeter.

Read more
Wed, 13:31
Exmouth Sea Cadets

Exmouth Sea Cadets are about to start building their new Camperdown Terrace HQ and need a helping hand to make their vision a reality.

Read more
Wed, 09:10
Two voters at Topsham primary school with the eight candidates for their own version of the elections. Ref exe 6770-19-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Democracy came to Topsham Primary School as children staged an election to decide which charity should get money raised by a non-uniform day.

Read more
Wed, 09:06
Six of the bellringers from St John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh
The photograph shows (L to R) Roger King, Trevor Bradley, Janet Coles (Tower Captain), David Wills, Tony Williams and Robert Perry.

An Exmouth man who helped ring the bells to mark the end of World War Two was ringing them again 70 years later.

Read more
Wed, 07:00
Joe Montgomery, in happier times.

For years, Joe Montgomery’s motorbike has remained unused, parked in the family garage in East Devon as a reminder of happier times.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder