Hereford rallies to help grieving partner

Hereford Times: (7947539) (7947539)

A GRIEVING woman and her young daughter were left with nowhere to live following the sudden death of her partner – but now an entire Hereford community has rallied round to make their new flat feel like a home.

Days after Craig Hurcombe, 34, died in his sleep last month his fiancée Reda Butkute and 18-month-old daughter Jessica were served notice by a private landlord.

Needing somewhere to live – and with her family living thousands of miles away in Lithuania – Ms Butkute was taken in by Craig’s parents while Herefordshire Housing found her temporary accommodation.

Last week, Ms Butkute received the keys to a Broxash Drive property, but she had only a sofa bed and television set to her name.

At this point her close friends, Phil Payne and Lydia Galvin, put out an appeal on Facebook for furniture.

The reaction was overwhelming; in just 48 hours, people from across the city donated enough to fit out the entire flat.

Mr Payne added: “The amount of people that have rallied round has been inspiring – Hereford has pulled together to help someone in a desperate situation.

“We shared Reda’s plight on Facebook because obviously it spreads quicker, and we were inundated with offers.

“Now Reda and Jessica have got every household item you could imagine.”

Mr Hurcombe – a keen footballer and popular member of the South Wye community – died on June 5 at the home he shared with his fiancée and their daughter.

His father, Graham Hurcombe, said: “Wendy - Craig’s mother - and I, would like to say a very big than kyou to everyone for their support and gifts to help Reda and Jessica.

“They are all incredible people and friends.”

Herefordshire Housing was able to step in and provide emergency accommodation, but it is only a temporary measure to bridge the gap between homes.

However, for now, the young family has place from which to start building their lives back up again.

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9:27am Thu 10 Jul 14

Whats-wrong-with-the-World? says...

A terrible tragedy, it must be said, but what a great response by the people of Hereford. Well done to all those who helped - what an awesome community we live in!

Whilst it will be difficult to get over her loss, it must be comforting to her and Craig's family that she gets to stay in such a caring community and close to her Hereford family. Best wishes to them all.
A terrible tragedy, it must be said, but what a great response by the people of Hereford. Well done to all those who helped - what an awesome community we live in! Whilst it will be difficult to get over her loss, it must be comforting to her and Craig's family that she gets to stay in such a caring community and close to her Hereford family. Best wishes to them all. Whats-wrong-with-the-World?
  • Score: 22

11:10am Thu 10 Jul 14

Herefordian07 says...

Without knowing the circumstances it seems very harsh of the private landlord to serve notice on a family trying to come to terms with their tragic loss, obviously the milk of human kindness only flows through the landlords wallet, what a heartless swine. It only goes to show the good people of Hereford still have what it takes to help others in need, well done Herefordians!
Without knowing the circumstances it seems very harsh of the private landlord to serve notice on a family trying to come to terms with their tragic loss, obviously the milk of human kindness only flows through the landlords wallet, what a heartless swine. It only goes to show the good people of Hereford still have what it takes to help others in need, well done Herefordians! Herefordian07
  • Score: 17

5:23pm Thu 10 Jul 14

imawardy says...

and well done to leominster to :)
and well done to leominster to :) imawardy
  • Score: 5

5:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

dippyhippy says...

Hannah84 wrote:
Word had it they were squatters having gained access when the last tenant moved out .

I dont like to speak ill of the dead however Criag was quite unpleasant at times to his neighbours. There were several complaints made about them as neighbours before this happened. Had he not have died i suspect the whole family would still have received notice.
Hello Hannah,
I'm afraid I find your comment rather cruel, and more than a little insensitive.

I sincerely hope that your life is never touched by such tragic circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]Hannah84[/bold] wrote: Word had it they were squatters having gained access when the last tenant moved out . I dont like to speak ill of the dead however Criag was quite unpleasant at times to his neighbours. There were several complaints made about them as neighbours before this happened. Had he not have died i suspect the whole family would still have received notice.[/p][/quote]Hello Hannah, I'm afraid I find your comment rather cruel, and more than a little insensitive. I sincerely hope that your life is never touched by such tragic circumstances. dippyhippy
  • Score: 15

7:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Rod Williams says...

Reading the story was very heart warming. Glad that Herefordians are such great people who help those who are genuinely in need. It restores faith in human nature. I do hope that there will be someone supporting them through this sad time. We hear so many bad stories these days that every now and again goodness shines through. God bless you all.
Reading the story was very heart warming. Glad that Herefordians are such great people who help those who are genuinely in need. It restores faith in human nature. I do hope that there will be someone supporting them through this sad time. We hear so many bad stories these days that every now and again goodness shines through. God bless you all. Rod Williams
  • Score: 9

9:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Lydiagalvin says...

dippyhippy wrote:
Hannah84 wrote:
Word had it they were squatters having gained access when the last tenant moved out .

I dont like to speak ill of the dead however Criag was quite unpleasant at times to his neighbours. There were several complaints made about them as neighbours before this happened. Had he not have died i suspect the whole family would still have received notice.
Hello Hannah,
I'm afraid I find your comment rather cruel, and more than a little insensitive.

I sincerely hope that your life is never touched by such tragic circumstances.
Hello Hannah84 it's phil n lid here who dealt with the landlords,council, funeral and just about everything else !! Really don't appreciate your comment you have left regarding Craig and Reda,especially on the tribute piece!! I'm assuming you are a neighbour and know this for a fact then !!!? Because they had been living there as a family for a couple of years, paying a landlord rent weekly so therefore not squatters and as for the neighbours , I know full well Craig was friends with the neighbour below and they often practised the drums together !! How rude and inappropriate to write such nonsense on the tribute piece which all his friends and family will be reading !! You should be ashamed of yourself and I hope you never have to experience what all Craig's partner ,daughter,friends and family have been through lately...your a disgrace!!!
[quote][p][bold]dippyhippy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hannah84[/bold] wrote: Word had it they were squatters having gained access when the last tenant moved out . I dont like to speak ill of the dead however Criag was quite unpleasant at times to his neighbours. There were several complaints made about them as neighbours before this happened. Had he not have died i suspect the whole family would still have received notice.[/p][/quote]Hello Hannah, I'm afraid I find your comment rather cruel, and more than a little insensitive. I sincerely hope that your life is never touched by such tragic circumstances.[/p][/quote]Hello Hannah84 it's phil n lid here who dealt with the landlords,council, funeral and just about everything else !! Really don't appreciate your comment you have left regarding Craig and Reda,especially on the tribute piece!! I'm assuming you are a neighbour and know this for a fact then !!!? Because they had been living there as a family for a couple of years, paying a landlord rent weekly so therefore not squatters and as for the neighbours , I know full well Craig was friends with the neighbour below and they often practised the drums together !! How rude and inappropriate to write such nonsense on the tribute piece which all his friends and family will be reading !! You should be ashamed of yourself and I hope you never have to experience what all Craig's partner ,daughter,friends and family have been through lately...your a disgrace!!! Lydiagalvin
  • Score: 24

12:04pm Fri 11 Jul 14

garysparrow says...

Hannah84 how dare you silly someone's name on a piece such as this, you girl are the lowest of the low, a keyboard warrior who has nothing to do apart from put spiteful and hurtful comments on here, I did not know Craig but I know of him an I know some of the family, and from what I know he was the most pleasent of people, helpful and honest. You girl need a reality check an I do hope you get it sooner than later.
I'm sorry the family had to see that post, do not let it get to you you know Craig and what he was. My condolences to you an to everyone that helped well done.
Hannah84 how dare you silly someone's name on a piece such as this, you girl are the lowest of the low, a keyboard warrior who has nothing to do apart from put spiteful and hurtful comments on here, I did not know Craig but I know of him an I know some of the family, and from what I know he was the most pleasent of people, helpful and honest. You girl need a reality check an I do hope you get it sooner than later. I'm sorry the family had to see that post, do not let it get to you you know Craig and what he was. My condolences to you an to everyone that helped well done. garysparrow
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Lydiagalvin says...

It's nice to see that Hereford people realise there's more to life than arguing !!! I have asked for her inappropriate comment to be removed !!! Disgrace for Craig's family friends and all who helped kit out redas new flat !!!
It's nice to see that Hereford people realise there's more to life than arguing !!! I have asked for her inappropriate comment to be removed !!! Disgrace for Craig's family friends and all who helped kit out redas new flat !!! Lydiagalvin
  • Score: 1

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