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Caister woman’s canine collection for Hemsby man made homeless

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 March 2018

Home were demolished following severe erosion in The Marrams, Hemsby. Picture: Nick Butcher

Home were demolished following severe erosion in The Marrams, Hemsby. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A Caister woman has made and sold needle felted dogs to raise money for a man who lost his house in Hemsby.

Maurice Broom, 74, whose clifftop home was demolished in Hemsby, Norfolk. Picture: Sam Russell/PA WireMaurice Broom, 74, whose clifftop home was demolished in Hemsby, Norfolk. Picture: Sam Russell/PA Wire

Susan Prince, 65, was stirred to help Maurice Broom after hearing his story on the news.

Mr Broom’s home on The Marrams was demolished and the majority of his belongings weren’t retrieved.

The 74-year-old has an Irish Border Collie, called Fly (short for wouldn’t hurt a fly) which he rescued along with four cats, and they are now looking for somewhere to stay.

In order to show solidarity and raise money for Mr Broom, Mrs Prince decided to sell her needle felted dogs.

Susan Prince has sold her needle felted dogs to raise money fro Maurice Broom, who lost his home in Hemsby. Picture: Susan PrinceSusan Prince has sold her needle felted dogs to raise money fro Maurice Broom, who lost his home in Hemsby. Picture: Susan Prince

They were snapped up by buyers across the country, raising a total of £200, which has been passed on to Mr Broom.

Mrs Prince said his story touched her because her daughter went to Hemsby Primary School, she loves dogs and, most importantly, she has a heart.

She said: “He has now got to find somewhere that will take him and his pets, it’s so sad.

“He could be a millionaire for all I know, but that doesn’t matter at all to me, the fact of the matter is he has been left in a position where he is sad, and that matters.

Susan Prince has sold her needle felted dogs to raise money for Maurice Broom, who lost his home in Hemsby. Picture: Susan PrinceSusan Prince has sold her needle felted dogs to raise money for Maurice Broom, who lost his home in Hemsby. Picture: Susan Prince

“I’m a lonely old lady, I have no family, I have very few friends apart from those in the dog community, but what I do have is a heart.”

Mr Broom said he bought his Marrams property because his children did not want to visit him in his old home in Caister, as that is where his wife died of cancer.

He said the insurance company will not payout for the loss of his home and he is now facing the prospect of sleeping with his pets in his car.

“Apart from my car and a few bits of clothing my pets are the last things I have left on this planet.

Maurice Broom was not able to clear all of his possessions from his home in Hemsby. Picture: Nick ButcherMaurice Broom was not able to clear all of his possessions from his home in Hemsby. Picture: Nick Butcher

“I’ve lost about £80,000 in total I think.

“I’m staying at The Grange, who have been very kind, until April 9, but after that I’m in the car I suppose, unless the council find somewhere.”

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