The existence of some people in our society gives us hope. Their genuine care and concern for fellow humans motivate us to become better individuals. A British plumber just became an internet star after inspiring people with his generous act.
James Anderson, a plumber from the British town of Burnley was called in to assist an elderly woman with leukemia. After fixing the boiler for the 91-year-old, he sent an invoice that surprised many.
The generous man did not charge for his service but instead promised her free assistance. He stated, “No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.” The woman’s daughter, Christine Rowlands who posted the bill on Twitter wrote, “This is the invoice from plumber, James Anderson in Burnley after fixing a lady’s boiler – gives me a little hope for humanity after all.”
People all over the internet was blown away by the man’s gesture. “#JamesAnderson you sir are a legend, in a country filled with hate & greed your humanity shines like a beacon, massive good luck with your business you thoroughly deserve it, you haven’t touched my boiler but you’ve given me a warm glow,” wrote one while another wrote, “There are some wonderful people in this world. James is one of them.”
However, this is not Anderson’s first act of kindness. The plumber once saw an elderly man being manipulated by an engineer and decided to do something for them. “It got me thinking about other elderly and vulnerable people — we need to do something more to help the people who need it most,” said the man to CNN. Keeping this goal in mind, he set up a company called DEPHER and turned his plumbing business into a community project for vulnerable people.
The company, which largely depends on donations and crowdfundings, has helped around 2,389 people since its initiation in March 2017. “A lot of elderly and disabled people don’t like asking for assistance and if they can’t afford something like fixing the boiler, they might not do it and get into trouble. We are there to take that worry away,” said the plumber.
Though he did not charge the elderly woman, he said it was not always possible for him to give free services due to his mounting debts. However, he still offers a 25% discount to his customers. “As long as I have enough money to fill up the tank in my car, I will be there to try and help the people who need it,” said Anderson.
He went on to say that he would continue doing the service for the needy. Though he does not make much money, he said it gave him satisfaction. “It makes me feel human, humble and a little giddy inside… I want to expand this service across the country. I will never give up the fight.”
This is the invoice from plumber, James Anderson in Burnley after fixing a lady's boiler – gives me a little hope for humanity after all pic.twitter.com/zddMJO2f4a
— ProudDevonian (@PDevonian) September 15, 2019