York Hotel holds fundraiser for ex-serviceman who lost everything in house fire

York Hotel, Morecambe.
York Hotel, Morecambe.

Two days of fun activities are to be held at a Morecambe pub to help raise cash for an ex-serviceman whose house was destroyed by fire.

Carl Chambers was in the forces for 16 years, and now lives in Canada.

His house was completely destroyed by fire last month, and he lost all his possessions.

Gary Wood, the new landlord at the York Hotel in Morecambe and a former serviceman himself, has organised a fundraiser to be held this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

The event will include live music, children’s activities, a magician, face painting, raffles and a barbecue.

Carl is originally from Newcastle, although he has relatives living in Carnforth, where Gary was previously the landlord at The Shovel Inn.

He moved to Canada two years ago.

“He is having to stay with friends,” Gary said. “He hasn’t been able to get any help from the Royal British Legion or Red Cross because he doesn’t live in England any more.”

The event will start at 2pm on both days.