Charity suffers great loss after caravan fire

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A West Norfolk charity has gone through an “absolute nightmare” after its office burned down, destroying eight years of work.

Lifeline 4 Chernobyl, which operates from the Salters Lode home of Pauline and John Rotman, suffered the catastrophic loss on Wednesday night after an electrical fault caused the caravan to catch fire.

Inside the caravan was all the computer equipment, bank statements and records for the charity, as well as sentimental items like press cuttings and photographs.

“There were pictures of John with the children in Belarus – we can never get those back,” Pauline said.

The couple were actually very lucky that the fire did not cause more damage. It was very windy on Wednesday night and if the wind had been in a different direction, it could have set fire to their house as well.

But they are now left clearing up the mess from the fire and trying to salvage what they can.

The caravan was next to a 46ft trailer that was already loaded with boxes of items. They are due to head over to Belarus on April 17.

The fire damaged one side of the trailer but they are hoping it is just superficial.

“We really need someone to come down and look at the trailer and see if it’s okay, but where do you find someone like that? I don’t even know where to start,” Pauline said.

Volunteers have already offered to help the Rotmans in whatever way they can and some donations have already been made. But Pauline said they are most desperate for a new office, such as a caravan or Portakabin they can convert.

• If you can help, contact Pauline on 01366-324496.