Whether you own a piece of property or rent, it's a well-known fact that you have to keep your home in good condition. After all, the only way to maintain high value on your home is to ensure that everything is working and looking up to date. But having to make repairs or updating décor can be expensive, especially if you're living on a fixed income or paycheque to paycheque.
But one plumber has chosen to help those in financial straits with their plumbing needs without ever charging them a dime. The actions of 52-year-old James Anderson of Burnley, England recently went viral after it came out that he refused to charge a 91-year-old woman for work he'd done on her home. The elderly woman- who's terminally ill with acute leukemia- received Anderson's invoice, only to see no charge for what he had done for her.
In addition to the amount and what had been done, Anderson added, "No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."
Anderson used to own a private business until he saw an elderly man being treated poorly by another engineer. So, he closed his private company and created a non-profit organization called Depher. Since its founding back in 2017, Anderson has provided free or low-cost plumbing across Lancashire, England for the elderly and others in need. He funds his work with the help of crowdfunding and donations from generous individuals. Despite having gone into almost £8000 of debt, Anderson insists that it's worth it- and plans to expand his non-profit in the future.
"A lot of people close to me ask: why are you getting yourself in to debt? Why are you doing this? To me, debt is debt… I would rather owe some money to somebody and another person be alive and happy and safe," he explained. "It’s an ethos that’s in my heart and it will always stay there."
"I don’t want any person who is elderly and disabled in this country, in this day and age, to die or suffer because of a cold home or a lack of funding to repair the boiler," Anderson added. "It shouldn’t be happening – that number should be down to zero. Simple as that."