£200,000 raised for ex-royal marine who lost family home in fire

An appeal to raise money for an ex royal marine who lost his home in a fire has left him speechless after £200,000 was raised.

On Thursday (March 18) a fire broke out at Sean Ivey's home in Wingate, Co Durham forcing him, his wife and two children to get to safety.

On Friday sadly a second fire broke out at the family home destroying the bungalow and all their possessions.

Sean had recently spoken out against anti-social behaviour in the area and posted on social media about an incident where his parents were robbed, reports The Times.

A former 45 Commando colleague, Kevin Miller, decided to help his ex-colleague and setup up an online fundraising campaign to support Sean, 38, and his wife, Kate, 35, a nurse.

The current amount raised for the family stands at an impressive £279,000.

Kevin, who teaches at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said he was "totally overwhelmed" and a "bit embarrassed" by the donations.

He told the BBC: "It's a few years since I saw Kev but that's the great thing about the royal marines and how veterans come together when any situation like this occurs."

Kevin had forgotten to renew the insurance on the family home leaving him with no way to pay for repairs or buy another home.

However he has no plans to leave the area despite the money raised, he said: ""It's completely unacceptable, nobody should be frightened in their own home."

Kevin had recently posted on Facebook about an incident with a man riding a bike eraticaly and had been vocal about people riding quad bikes in the area too.

Inspector Emma Kay said: "Thankfully nobody was inside the property at the time of the incident, but the fire has had a huge impact on the family and the wider community."

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