As the saying goes, no good deed goes unnoticed. No matter how small or big a gesture, any good deed deserves to be recognised!
52-year-old plumber, James Anderson recently became famous for his generosity when his client, Christine Rowlands shared her story on social media.
Just like any typical work day, Anderson was summoned to repair damaged house parts. His client Christine had called him to fix her mother’s boiler. It took him three days to complete the task. Upon completion, Christine approached Anderson to make the due payment. She was offered an invoice which read in the description column “lady is 91 years of age, acute leukaemia, end of life care, no charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24-hour to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”
At first, Christine was puzzled when she received the invoice. What would have cost Christine $800 was now FOC! Anderson was moved by his client’s condition who was diagnosed with terminal cancer – “She deserved it, she’s a lovely woman and reminded me of my grandmother,” said Anderson in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca.
Deeply touched by Anderson’s gesture, Christine shared the invoice online. Little did she expect that it would go viral! Anderson not only received overwhelming compliments, he also received over $33,000 in donations – All thanks to the power of social media!
However, this small act of kindness was merely part of a greater initiative started by Anderson.
The Disabled & Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Repair (DEPHER), a brainchild of Anderson, first came about in 2017 when the Burnley native witnessed a disabled man being scammed by another plumber. The sight of this not only saddened the good-hearted plumber but also motivated him to do something.
“I needed a strategy to help keep people away from scams like that and contacted my accountant who suggested I set up a non-profit,” he added.
Anderson believes “a lot of the elderly and disabled are scared to ask for help because they’re scared of rejection…and that puts them in a very dangerous situation. Their lives are on the line.” DEPHER saves the day by offering help to senior citizens, the elderly and infirm!
The objective of the initiative is to offer plumbing and repair services to the elderly community either for free or at discounted rates, be it 25 per cent or 50 per cent.
To date, they have helped over 2,389 people. However, Anderson plans to expand his services across the UK.
“The funds that are raised for DEPHER will be used to purchase materials and pay for the cost of travel and insurance, also we need to advertise this project in every city in the UK.”
Keep inspiring the world with your good deeds, Anderson!
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*Featured image sourced from LAD Bible