Paul Sivell with his wood carving of a flute player, which will be auctioned online. Picture by Peter Boam.
RESPECTED Isle of Wight wood and tree carver, Paul Sivell, has donated a life-sized effigy of a woodman playing a flute to raise funds for eight households left homeless by a devastating fire.
The online auction of the carving will raise money for a number of residents, who lost everything in the blaze in Niton, in March.
A Victorian mansion converted into rented flats, in Puckaster Lane, was destroyed and at its peak, 35 firefighters fought the blaze with seven appliances. No-one was hurt.
Crews faced the problem of not being able to get a pumping appliance close to the property because of the narrowness of the lane and took water from a swimming pool and the nearest hydrant, hundreds of yards away.
There have been a series of fundraising events to help the residents, co-ordinated by a Facebook group called Puckaster Friends.
Events include gigs, a yoga event, healing days and a children’s party.
The fundraising events will conclude with a gig at the White Lion, Niton, on Sunday, May 25, from 8pm to 11pm.
There will be a DJ and MyKool Buble providing the entertainment. Entry will be free and donations will be collected.
Paul’s carving will be auctioned on the Puckaster Friends Facebook page