999: What's Your Emergency viewers raise money to help grieving dad after break-in
Big-hearted viewers have rushed to the aid of a grieving Doncaster dad whose heartbreaking raid on his home was featured on a new police reality TV show.
Elderly Doncaster resident Nick was featured on the new series of Channel 4 show 999: What’s Your Emergency? – with viewers left in tears after hearing how he’d been forced to barricade himself in his bedroom after raiders smashed their way into his shared home.
Now a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than £1,000 in a matter of hours – with donations continuing to pour in for Nick, who told the programme he had never properly recovered following the death of his son.
The programme, which reveals how South Yorkshire Police officers deal with every day crimes, touched the hearts of those watching, with many taking to Twitter to share their upset.
Danielle Grier Mulvenna from London was moved to set up the funding campaign after watching Monday night’s show and said: "I'm not equipped to speak for Nick or assume anything about his needs but I do know that I saw a lot of people on social media asking the same question - how can we help?
"I've set up this page initially as a place holder and somewhere people can make donations in anticipation of finding out how best to send help and support to Nick if he wants it.
"I'll keep everyone in the loop on here about what steps have been made to get in touch with Nick and what happens next."
She said she has emailed Channel 4 and production company Blast Films on how to get in touch with Nick, who is understood to live in the Wheatley area of Doncaster.
She added: “I'd love to hear from anyone with experience in fundraising/providing support as I'm not quite sure where to start - here seemed as good a place as any.”
He revealed his world had fallen apart since the tragic death of his epileptic son and he wanted to move from the rundown house.
He told the show: “I feel I’m on the wrong planet, with the wrong people. I feel I’m misplaced here. I don’t feel I’m safe here.
"I feel scared living in a shared house. I’m worried about going to the toilet.”
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