To friends and family and anyone who has ever encountered this lovely couple:
Lucy and Charlie are two of the most inspirational people I've ever met, they truly do work together as a team and from the first day they met they've carried out life-changing ambitions, that most people can only dream of. They are beautiful people inside and out and to see them going through this awful time is devastating....
The 25th of July was Lucy's 33rd birthday and she should have been celebrating this with Charlie with a special birthday dinner and drinks. However, after arriving at the festival that Lucy was due to be working at, it ended in disaster with a devastating fire engulfing their camper van and surrounding cars.
They have both worked so hard for many months, planning, purchasing expensive equipment, and renovating an old van to a camper van with sheer blood, sweat and tears, to carry out their ambitions and to make their business plan a reality. This was the second festival of a whole summer crammed full of work all around the UK to enable them to save enough money to settle down into the life they have planned together back in the UK.
This awful accident on the 25th July was a like a nightmare. When the camper van caught fire, thankfully they were both awake and although Charlie was inside, he managed to escape with minor injuries. What could have happened, doesn't even bear thinking about :-( Whilst they escaped relatively unharmed in a physical sense, they are dealing with the terrible shock of what happened and the reality of trying to find a way to re-build things after this.
I spoke to them last night after they had to stand and watch everything burn - they lost their home, their vehicle, their phones/computers, their clothes, artwork/materials, expensive medical supplies and massage equipment (Lucy had only just bought her new beautiful lotus bell tent which cost £1000's and she had only used it once), they were completely shaken, in shock and experiencing flashbacks and traumatic images about what could have happened.
I want to help but feel powerless and know how much they were looking forward to this adventure and that they will be losing money every day, on top of everything they can't get back.
....So after telling my wonderful son Sebastian about what had happened, he had the greatest idea to help them get back on the road via a crowdfund and to hopefully allow them to continue the plans they'd set out over the last 2 years.
Please help donate to Charlie and Lucy to help them get back to where they wholeheartedly deserve to be. Lucy intends to try to travel somehow to other festivals, and Charlie will be tattooing from a Yorkshire base. It's awful and there's nothing to compensate for some of the irreplaceable things they've lost, but with the amount of love around for these two, we hope we can make a real difference to them during this awful time. Whilst many of the things lost are only material and replaceable, innumerable hours, months and years of work, planning and investment are not. Sadly insurance will not cover the contents...
Let's help them in any way we can to begin to recover.
Thank you xxx