Hugh Grant donates £20k to free Burnley plumbing service

Hugh Grant with his wife Anna Eberstein

Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein have donated £20,000 to an organisation that provides free plumbing to vulnerable people

James Anderson, who founded the Depher company, said the “wonderful and humbling” donation will “give hope to thousands”.

The couple have donated tens of thousands of pounds to Depher in the past.

The latest contribution brings the total to £75,000.

Posting on X, Mr Anderson said it would especially help during the cost of living crisis.

He added: “Hundreds of children will have a Christmas to remember, they will believe in the magic of giving, humanity and love.”

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Mr Anderson, who was born in Liverpool, set up Depher – Disability and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Repair – in Burnley in 2017 after encountering people in deprived circumstances with poor heating and plumbing.

He made headlines around the world after he refused to charge one elderly customer for work on her boiler.

As a community interest company he said it relied on donations to provide free services during the winter.

Mr Anderson previously told BBC Breakfast: “All the time, people are coming for food, gas, electric – the plumbing and heating obviously, because now it’s getting colder.

“And we’re getting a lot of people asking for other help with building issues, debts, loan sharks.”

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