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Richmond resident’s sunken float home sparks fundraiser

Neighbours helped rescue the woman and her two cats in the early hours
Richmond Sunken float home
A fundraiser was launched to help a Richmond resident after her float home sunk early February.

A fundraiser has been set up for a long-time Richmond resident whose float home sank earlier this month.

Mare, an elderly pensioner living at the “Richmond Marina Float Home community,” near the Middle Arm Fraser Inlet, has reportedly lost everything she owned after her home started sinking at low tide on Feb. 2.

According to a FundRazer campaign, which was set up by a friend - Laura Cuthbert - neighbours helped rescued Mare and her two cats from a small bedroom window at 6 a.m. as the home at the marina started to take in water.

Cuthbert said Mare is an “elderly pensioner, with chronic health concerns,” and lives on a “very limited” budget.

“Later in the morning, Mare was able to crawl back into her sinking home to retrieve a few of her diabetes and heart medications,” reads the fundraising post.

Unfortunately, Mare’s float home was uninsured and she “has lost everything, including her identification.”

“We are a group of tight knit community members... It’s been very hard to see our friend go through this. It’s certainly a float home owner’s worst nightmare,” Cuthbert told the Richmond News.

On the fundraising page, Cuthbert says Mare is an “exceptionally kind hearted, humble, authentic, generous and caring” person, adding that “Mare doesn’t have anywhere else to turn to, it’s up to us to keep her afloat.”

The fundraiser was set up on Feb. 11 and has since raised $11,790 of its $25,000 goal.



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