James Anderson, 52-year-old, has lent a helping hand to thousands of people in need since closing his private business and reopening Depher, his not-for-profit company, says Richard Hartley Parkinson of the U.K’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro.
Anderson was lauded for charging a 91-year-old woman with acute leukemia £0 after posting the bill online. “No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible,” the 52-year-old father of five wrote. Initially, the bill was shared by Christine Rowlands, his daughter, reports Dominic Rech of American television news channel CNN.
Anderson did not expect to receive “positive public reaction” to his post. According to him, he was inspired to “wind down his private work” and relaunch Depher after he saw an elderly man being poorly treated by an engineer. Moreover, Anderson notes that many elderly and disabled people don’t like to reach out for assistance. These vulnerable people might “get into trouble” or unable to do it if they can’t afford to fix the broiler. Anderson confidently says, “We are there to take that worry away.”
|Invoice Summary / Photo from @PDevonian on Twitter via CNN|
Since 2017, Anderson has provided free or low-cost plumbing services to people in need throughout the winter. He has helped 2,389 individuals so far, the generous plumber tells CNN. He acknowledges that transitioning to his not-for-profit work made him “fall into debts of around £8,000 (US$10,000).” However, he reassures the “shortfall is under control.”
Unsurprisingly, many people ask Anderson why he chose to get himself into debt. “To me, debt is debt… I would rather owe some money to somebody and another person be alive and happy and safe,” he justifies.
Anderson adds that “it’s an ethos in his heart and it will always stay there.” Over the past winters, he has assisted locals in Lancashire and is hoping to expand his services across the country. “I’ve spoken to quite a few engineers around the country and they’re all for it… it’s just getting the funding,” Anderson says.
|James Anderson / Photo Credits: PA via MetroUK|
He doesn’t want any elderly or disabled person in the UK to die and suffer due to a lack funding to repair the boiler. Anderson does not expect his clients to pay him, but he sometimes receives a “smile and a cup of tea.” Other than that, his job makes him feel good. Anderson shares, “It makes me feel human, humble, and a little giddy inside.”