A LOCAL Tamworth resident has set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving to support the repair work at the George Bryan Centre in Mile Oak last night.
Amie Williams has set an initial fundraising target of £2000 and at the time of our article, £100 had been pledged already.
The 28-year-old from Tamworth set up the JustGiving page as she had worked at the unit.
She told Tamworth Informed: “I set up the page because I worked at the George Bryan Centre, and have seen first hand the amazing work the team do every day.
“They care for people when they need it the most, when they are often going through the most difficult time in their lives. Now it’s our turn to help them.
“I hope that the money raised can be used to replace some of the equipment lost in the fire, support the staff and patients in the aftermath, and maybe even help towards rebuild costs.
“I suppose a lot will depend on the generosity of the community, but one thing is for certain – as a community, we must pull together to support the hospital now in these dark times. A special mention to the amazing team on shift last night who manages the situation during such a terrifying time.”
The George Bryan Centre offers inpatient support for patients suffering from mental ill-health and sits in the grounds of Sir Robert Peel Hospital, off Watling Street at Mile Oak.
Anyone who wishes to support by making a donation, no matter how small, can do so here.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to The George Bryant Centre on Plantation Lane at 8.52pm last night (Monday, February 11) with reports of a serious blaze. At the height of the incident, 10 pumps were in attendance including the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton.
Crews from Warwickshire and West Midlands also assisted to bring the blaze under control.
Staffordshire Police said shortly before 1.00 am this morning that a 43-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the blaze.
Group Manager Toby Wilson said: “This was a significant incident which led to the evacuation of approximately 20 people. The cause of this fire has not been determined yet but a fire investigation in now underway and we are working closely with our partners at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police, along with staff from the medical centre.
“Firefighters from Tamworth are still at the scene damping down and checking for hot spots. We are expecting to be at the scene for some time today.”