ARSON-HIT allotment holder Terry Taylor has been overwhelmed with offers of help and support after the plot he has worked on for 30 years was burned to the ground by yobs.
Hartlepool grandad Terry Taylor was left devastated following the blaze at his beloved allotment which torched all 10 of his sheds at the hands of the mindless vandals.
The allotment was reduced to just rubble and ash and rendered unusable in the state it was in.
At 69-years-old Terry did not think he had the strength to start from scratch.
But more than 10 members of his family have offered their help and support, while Hartlepool Borough Council has offered to put up a new perimeter fence for free.
It is also going to provide skips for Terry and his team to load up with the charred remains of his out-buildings.
I’m so grateful to all of them and hopefully I’ll get myself sorted soon.Terry Taylor, Hartlepool pensioner
Today retired bus inspector and chicken farmer Terry, who lives in the West View area of Hartlepool, said: “I’m getting there slowly but surely. It’s mainly my own family who’ve come forward to say they will help me.
“They’ve all said they’ll go and start work on it now but I’ve said no because it’s not fair them having to do it all, I’d have to be there as well, but I’m not quite ready yet.
“You see when I walk in the damn place my guts drop to my feet.
“So everything is in place ready to go, it’s just me. I need to get over it. You don’t realise how it will affect you until it happens to you. I’ve got tears in my eyes just talking about it now.”
The former bus driver and inspector, who is a dad, grandad and great-grandad, added: “I’m so grateful to all of them and hopefully I’ll get myself sorted soon. The council has been very good to me as well.”
The blaze at the allotment, which also caused damage to two adjacent gardens, happened some time from the evening of Saturday, March 7, to the morning of Sunday, March 8, when Terry had been too ill to attend the site because he was suffering from flu.
Police were contacted by the fire brigade just after 8.45am on Saturday, March 7.
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.