Suffolk harbour master boat fire: Fundraising target exceeded
Almost £2,700 has been raised for an 89-year-old harbour master whose boat-cum-office went up in flames and was destroyed.
George Collins was making a cup of tea with his brother Bill when the blaze broke out on 8 September.
The twins tried to stop the flames from spreading but in the end they had to leave the boat on the River Deben estuary at Ramsholt, Suffolk.
A funding page was set up to help them replace the possessions they lost.
Mr Collins thanked everyone who donated.
"It's a big gesture and we've not really taken it in," he said.
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The page was set up by the neighbouring pub, The Ramsholt Arms, after a number of customers asked how they could help.
A target of £1,000 was set but £2,669 has been raised so far.
Meanwhile, Mr Collins has been settling into a new temporary office - a caravan that is on loan to him.
He said: "I prefer the old boat because I got so used to it but we're now getting used to the caravan, being static and it don't move in the wind."
However, the harbour master of 40 years said he had no intention of retiring.
"There's no idea of giving up yet - the only time I'll give up is when I'm in a box," said Mr Collins.
At the time, Mr Collins said the fire started when the brothers were making a cup of tea with a gas bottle.
He said they were "dragged out of the way" as they tried to go back to the boat, which Mr Collins had owned for 50 years, to retrieve some items.
The Ramsholt Arms posted details of the fire on Facebook, and dozens of people replied to express their relief the twins were not hurt.