Regulars at fire-damaged Northampton pub set up fund for landlord’s young family

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Regulars of a Northampton pub that was badly damaged by fire are raising money to help the landlord and his family.

The Sixfields Tavern was burned down on Saturday just before kick-off in the Northampton Town match at nearby Sixfields Stadium.

Although all staff and fans were safely evacuated, the fire destroyed the living quarters of the landlord, Matt Skolfield, and his young family.

Now friends and regulars have set up a fund, with all donations going towards helping the family get back on their feet.

A spokesman for the fund said: “We would like to help Matt and his family by providing essentials for them and their two young children, who lost all their possessions in the fire.

“Losing all of your clothing, children’s toys and memories is not only expensive but heartbreaking.”

The money will be spent on essentials for the family, as well as getting copies of birth certificates and passports.

Other money will be used on presents for the children on Christmas Day.

“We would like to help them get back on their feet, starting small and eventually seeing a smile back on that beautiful family’s faces.

“Matt, his wife and two young children were the heart of that pub, turning it into a brilliant family environment.

“The pub has made other people’s days better, and this allows them to do the same back.”

So far, £320 has been raised against a target of £1,000.

To donate click on the link https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/brittany-coward