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Smithy Family Refuses To Accept Donations After House Fire

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Smithy Family Refuses To Accept Donations After House Fire

The Smithy Family from TikTok has thanked fans for their support following a suspected arson attack, but that they don't feel right accepting donations.

Nick Smithy and his partner, Jess, posted a video on TikTok on Thursday (15th July) and said they were hugely grateful to people for their support, but that accepting the money would "feel like a wrongdoing."

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family rebuild after their house was burned down on Wednesday. A family friend set it up with a target of £50,000. By Friday morning, nearly £37,000 had already been raised.

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Meanwhile, the London Fire Brigade and Met Police continue to investigate the fire. CCTV footage was released by Nick Smithy on Thursday and anybody with information was urged to get in touch with police.

The Smithy Family is known for making people laugh with their lighthearted and witty family antics. They've got more than 2.8 million followers on the platform.

Credit: The Smithy Family
Credit: The Smithy Family

"Guys, I ain't gonna lie, we've had probably the worst 24 hours of our life," said Nick. "We've seen our family home literally burn away in front of our eyes."

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"But at the same time, we've seen what you guys have been doing and it's so generous what you've done and it's made us smile and we appreciate the offer of doing that, but -"

"We're meant to be giving to you, you not giving to us," interrupted Jess.

"Yeah it doesn't sit right with us," said Nick. "And we call upon your help with the charity stuff, not for us."

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"For us to take that [money] it would feel like a wrongdoing and that's not why we're on it and I think it's so nice what everyone's done," said Nick.

"We just want to say thank-you, really." added Jess.

"But please I think we can find another way or something else to do with the money that's been donated, so thank-you guys," Nick said.

More than 530,000 people have commented on the TikTok video, urging Nick and Jess to accept the money.

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"You should take the money. Everyone has donated it to you 'cos they wanna help you. Help everyone else help you for once xx," one person wrote.

"Take the money, at least for the children and baby," another said.

The Smithy family does lots of fundraising and charity work through their social media platforms and they also campaign for anti-bullying.

Just last week, the family raised enough money to fill three shopping trollies with food which was then donated to the Salvation Army.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@thesmithyfamily/Facebook/The Smithy Family

Topics: YouTube, TikTok

Laura Sanders
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