The rear of the Warner St home after it was ravaged by fire.
The rear of the Warner St home after it was ravaged by fire. Erin Smith

Good Samaritans give house fire couple a new start

FRIENDS of Raylene and Graham Swain, who lost their house in a fire over the weekend, have banded together to help get the couple back on their feet.

Raylene is a member of the Warwick Artist Group and fellow member Clare Cotton said she was devastated to hear what her friend was going through.

"We can all see the plight they are in," she said.

"There is nothing in their house that they have been able to salvage.

"Everything is gone.

"They have some big immediate needs and people have started donating already."

Ms Cotton said she had been touched to hear just how many people had already given items such as food and clothing to Raylene and Graham - as well as money.

"People don't even know them, they have only been in Warwick for four years," she said.

"But everyone just wants to help.

"The idea was to set up a fund so that people could donate and it will give them the boost they need to get started."

But starting up the bank account is not all Ms Cotton has planned.

Ms Cotton is holding a meeting at the Warwick Artists Group studio on Willi St at 10am for anyone who wants to help.

"The aim is to brainstorm ideas on how we can raise some money," she said.

Raylene and Graham Swain are waiting on insurance assessors to finish determining the extent of the damage.

They are also waiting to be put into a rental home while there house is repaired.

Ms Cotton said that Raylene had just been amazed at how generous the community had been over the past few days.

 

Account info

  • Bank: Warwick Credit Union
  • Account name: Raylene and Graham Swain Fire Appeal
  • Account number: 62594
  • BSB: 817 001


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