Supporter steps forward with boiler as BacZac family thanks public for help

Zac Forskitt, aged 20, has a tumour on his chest and has also been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. Old Northamptonians RFC has gathered behind Zac and his family and we are starting a campaign to support them.
Zac Forskitt, aged 20, has a tumour on his chest and has also been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. Old Northamptonians RFC has gathered behind Zac and his family and we are starting a campaign to support them.

The family of Zac Forskitt have thanked people for the overwhelming support they have received following a fire at their family home.

Last week, a family friend issued an appeal for a new boiler after the one in the family’s home broke down. Two days later, their house was left badly damaged by a house fire.

Zac Forskitt, who is studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University, has been diagnosed with two forms of cancer

Zac Forskitt, who is studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University, has been diagnosed with two forms of cancer

A spokeswoman for the family told the Chron this afternoon that a new boiler had been secured.

“The family has been overwhelmed by the support for the appeal and a boiler has been donated. The builders are now working around the clock to repair the house.

“The damage was more extensive than was first thought but a family has come forward to offer them a house so that they can all be together for Christmas. The house is totally suitable for Zac’s needs and the family have been told it is theirs for as long as they need it.”

The appeal on social media received an incredible amount of support with offers of help flooding in. Television presenter Nick Knowles also tweeted the appeal to his 82,000 followers.

Twenty-year-old Zac, of Abington Vale, is fighting two forms of cancer. He was diagnosed in September with a cancerous tumour on his chest and a rare form of leukaemia.

Since then he has been given intensive chemotherapy treatment at Nottingham City Hospital.

During a rare break in his treatment, his family including mum and dad Jason and Helen and sister Bethan, welcomed him home last Monday. However, the family’s boiler broke down the next day and then there was a fire that caused some damage to the house on Wednesday.