Community crowdfunds after man's houseboat is destroyed in fire - The Leamington Observer

Community crowdfunds after man's houseboat is destroyed in fire

Leamington Editorial 29th Dec, 2018   0

THE COMMUNITY has come together to help a man whose houseboat was destroyed by fire in Stockton.

The man – who is simply known as ‘Malcolm’ in the boating community – is being treated for burns in hospital after the blaze ravaged his boat in Southam Road.

And former boater Martin James has set up a crowdfunder for Malcolm to either repair the boat or help find him somewhere new to live.

The Coventry resident said: “I don’t personally know Malcolm, however I been past him before and always heard such lovely things about him from others.

“He is a lovely chap and always has time for other people.

“I had a situation where mine and my partner’s boat caught fire a couple of years ago just before Christmas and it devastated us. So many people helped us out so the least we could do was to return the favour.”

Over £1,100 has been raised for the boater after the crowdfunder was set up on Tuesday (December 18).

Mr James said a decent, secondhand boat might cost from around £5,000.

Visit to donate.

Search Canal Market Place on Facebook for updates on Malcolm and information on the canal community.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Leamington Observer.


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.


Advertise with the Leamington Observer to reach your audience


We can provide all of your printing needs at competitive rates.