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The plumber will not accept money from a cancer-sick 91-year-old – becomes a viral hero

A plumber has captured the attention of the media and is being hailed as a hero for his selfless act of repairing pipes and boilers free of charge for vulnerable customers.

According to a report by Lancs Live, James Anderson, a 52-year-old plumber, has been providing assistance to countless people in need ever since he closed down his private business and established a not-for-profit organization called Depher.

While James has helped numerous individuals, one particular act of kindness touched hearts worldwide. A bill was shared on social media, revealing services rendered at the home of a 91-year-old woman suffering from acute leukemia. To everyone’s surprise, James had charged her nothing.

Accompanying the bill, the father-of-five, James, stated, “No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”

James was inspired to create Depher after witnessing an elderly man being mistreated by another engineer. Despite accumulating debts of approximately £8,000 ($9,940) in the process, he firmly believes that he is doing the right thing.

“To me, debt is debt… I would rather owe some money to somebody and another person be alive and happy and safe,” James explained when questioned by those close to him about his financial situation.

Since 2017, James has been offering free or low-cost plumbing services to those in need. However, his ultimate goal extends beyond his individual capabilities.

“I’ve spoken to quite a few engineers around the country, and they’re all for it… it’s just getting the funding,” he shared. James aspires to ensure that no elderly or disabled person in the country has to suffer or lose their life due to a cold home or lack of resources to repair their boiler.

“It shouldn’t be happening – that number should be down to zero. Simple as that,” James passionately asserted, emphasizing his commitment to the cause.

James aims to inspire other engineers to join his mission, and while funding remains a challenge, he remains determined to make a difference in the lives of those most in need.

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group


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