Kind-hearted scouts have raised cash for a Sheffield family left homeless after their neighbour died in a fire.
Janet Thornton’s semi-detached home on Poplar Avenue, Beighton, was damaged by smoke and water as firefighters tackled a blaze in the adjoining property.
Two of Janet’s sons used a hosepipe to try and put out the fire, but sadly neighbour Richard Hobson died.
The family have been living in temporary accommodation ever since while their home is being rebuilt.
When the Beighton Scout Group heard about the family’s situation they wanted to help and organised a sponsored snookerthon.
Throughout the night, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts played snooker and various other sports and raised £500.
Scout leader Jon Rowbotham said: “The snookerthon and raising money came about this year after I asked my new patrol leaders, Lewis Sutherland, Jake Reaney and Austin Denham, what they would like to do throughout the year.
“They suggested we did a snookerthon to raise money for the family.
“Scouts is not just about going camping and tying knots – it about helping the community as well and that’s what these three patrol leaders wanted us to do.”
Janet, aged 50, and son Tom, 18, visited the Scouts to receive the money.
Janet said: “It is absolutely marvellous. They are such a lovely bunch of lads.
“When the fire first happened the village rallied around, just like the scouts have.
“It just goes to show what a small community is like. I can’t thank people enough for what they have done.”