Plumber who worked for elderly customers for free will offer service across UK

A kind-hearted plumber who risked going bankrupt to fix plumbing and heating for more than 3,000 elderly and vulnerable people for free wants to offer the service across the UK.

James Anderson, 52, has helped people in need for the last two years after witnessing first-hand how they get ripped off.

A photo of his bill for £0 sent to a 91-year-old woman with acute leukaemia was posted online and quickly went viral this month.

Since then, the plumber has received almost £80,000 in donations to help others.

"People are talking about doing it in America, France and Australia, and they're all going to contact me to get advice and guidance as to how to do it in their countries," Mr Anderson, who is from Burnley, Lancashire, said.

"Hopefully… we can bring all communities together for one common cause across the planet, so everybody who's elderly and disabled, not just in the UK, can benefit from something like this in society."

Mr Anderson has also received offers of holidays, thousands of emails and financial support among the responses from all over the world.

His not-for-profit company Depher has typically only been able to help those in Lancashire but now Mr Anderson wants to extend his services.

"I had to lay two of the lads off because I couldn't afford it, then I had to go out and do the jobs myself as well as the paperwork, advertising, quotes and everything else," he said. "Now I can look at bringing them back.

"We don't just have to do Lancashire now. I'm going to be ringing local engineers in the wider area.

"We've had companies say they'll do all the advertising for us including a website, all free of charge. This is just the beginning of something that can be global."

One woman, inspired by Mr Anderson's work, knocked on her neighbour's door to find she had been without hot water for two years.

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