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Anne Lynch and her family has the support of Simon Cuthbert and the community.

Fire sparks outpouring of generosity

HILLS residents have more than tripled a fundraising goal to help a local family get back on their feet after their house was deliberately burnt down last week.

Arson Squad officers arrested Mrs Lynch’s 34-year-old son after he allegedly set fire to the carport of the property on January 12.

The fire spread to the house and surrounding bushland causing around $500,000 damage to the property.

The man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident.

Mount Helena residents for two and-a-half decades, Anne and Danny Lynch lost everything but the clothes on their backs when their two-storey home was set on fire.

Mrs Lynch said on Tuesday she felt overwhelmed by the outpouring of donations, offers of accommodation and messages of concern.

“At first I felt a little exposed, but then grateful, so incredibly grateful,” she said.

Fellow resident and friend Simon Cuthbert had the idea to start a online fundraiser.

The GoFundMe Help Anne and Danny online campaign raised $15,000 in its first two days.

“It just shows how many people respect them and care for them and want them to come out of this shining,” Mr Cuthbert said.

“It’s so easy to just scroll past and like it, but to see people actually doing something, and not only online but collecting furniture and bedding and food, it’s been amazing.”

This picture was taken by neighbour Liz Packwood.

A local business owner, Mrs Lynch has been working from home while caring for her three grandchildren but the destruction of her home office forced her to open her new premises in Mundaring Village Shopping Centre on Monday.

Anne and her husband Danny are previous owners of the Mount Helena Tavern and are involved in the Mount Helena Whim Festival and school events where their grandchildren attend.

Anne said her son’s health was in the hands of the medical profession and now was the time to focus on her family’s current affairs.

Money and donations given will be compiled to help the Lynch family, with unused items being passed on to others in need.


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