Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out to a fire involving a gas kettle on Monday (June 27).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:04
Exmouth Armed Forces Day took place at the weekend. Royal Marines gave a combat demonstration to the public. Ref exe 26-16AW 1289. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth marked Armed Forces Day in The Strand at the weekend. The Royal Marine Band Service opened the event with their marching band display followed by a combat ready demonstration by marines from the Lympstone Commando Training Centre. Hundreds of visitors turned up to enjoy the occasion and support our armed forces.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Budleigh Hospital

A pilot wellbeing hub project at the former Budleigh Salterton Hospital is unlikely to open on a permanent basis this year.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:54

A fire crew was called out to a vehicle fire in Budleigh Salterton on Saturday, June 25.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:38

An Exmouth resident has called for action over a ‘dangerous’ parking problem he says could see schoolchildren seriously injured.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:34

Fire crews were called to attend a fire in a bungalow in Exmouth.

Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Hugo Swire MP was invited to open the new Pete's Dragon suicide bereavement charity head quarters in Exmouth earlier this month. Ref exe 24-16AW 0191. Picture: Alex Walton

A grieving mum has found hope through heartache by helping to create new headquarters for the charity that was there when she needed it most.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Evacuee Percy Cook (centre) pictured with Brian Curryer and Percy's sister Daisy Vickers.

A man evacuated to Exmouth during World War Two has returned to the town - and has struck up a friendship with another generation of the family which looked after him.

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016

Fly tippers could face fixed penalties of £400 under new powers approved by East Devon District Council.

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
The Range is now open at Exmouth's Liverton Park much to Captain Range's delight. Ref exe 25-16SH 9725. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures of the new store

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications