Peter Ardrey (front) and his family have been given a Christmas surprise by disability organisation Youngcare.
Peter Ardrey (front) and his family have been given a Christmas surprise by disability organisation Youngcare. FILE

Festive season looking brighter for man who lost his home

FOR PETER Ardrey this Christmas is looking much brighter than last year.

On December 19, 2012, the wheelchair-bound Warwick man lost his house in a devastating fire.

This year his Christmas is looking much brighter, with the news he has gained funding from disability care organisation Youngcare.

The Ardreys were given the good news last week when Youngcare announced the successful applicants.

Mr Ardrey said this Christmas was definitely better than last year's.

"I have a much better outlook this Christmas," he said.

The past year has been a big one for the Ardrey family - dealing with insurances and planning the rebuild of the house.

"I've also been battling with health but, on the bright side, building for the new house will begin in the new year," he said.

The Ardreys were one of two Warwick families to receive the grant of $11,600 from Youngcare, which were awarded to dozens of people around the state.

The grants were open to Queenslanders aged between 18-65 years that are cared for at home or at risk of entering aged care if they didn't receive additional support.

Mr Ardrey's money will help make his home wheelchair-friendly.

Youngcare spokesman Anna Cox said sometimes a little help could go a long way.

"A small grant can make all the difference between someone being forced into aged care and a family staying together," Mrs Cox said.

The grant will take a load off Mr Ardrey's shoulders.

"It takes the pressure off me knowing everything will be done for the house," he said.

According to Mr Ardrey, the Warwick community continues to be supportive.

"The community have been very helpful," he said.



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