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The Smithy Family Blasted For Buying Jet-Ski After Fans Raise £50k To Fix Fire-Damaged House

Rebecca Shepherd

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The Smithy Family Blasted For Buying Jet-Ski After Fans Raise £50k To Fix Fire-Damaged House

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily

The Smithy family have been blasted for buying a jet-ski after fans raised nearly £50,000 to help them out financially after they were targeted in a suspected arson attack.

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The TikTok influencers had their South London home petrol-bombed as they slept back in July.

Luckily, former builder, Nick, his partner, Jess, and their four children managed to escape from the blaze unharmed.

Off the back of that, a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money which they used to pay off the finance of their Audi car which was set alight.

Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily
Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily

Since the incident, they've been criticised for making what some people believe to be extravagant purchases.

In a recent video, posted to the family's 3.3 million followers, Nick was surprised with a jet-ski for his birthday with 1.2 million people watching the clip of him unwrapping the water craft.

In response to the video, one person wrote: "See they are spending that GoFundMe well," while another added: "So much for fixing the house with the 50k +."

A third commented: "This is a perfect example of how some folk can't spend money wisely especially when they've not 'earned it'."

Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily
Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily

Addressing some of the negative messages, Nick recorded himself on the jet-ski saying: "To the people that are so caught up in my life, so anxious about what I am doing or how I'm spending my money, when you're not focusing on your own life.

"We've gone through hell and back. We're still smiling. We're still pushing forwards, we're still working, we're still earning money and we're still smiling and enjoying life.

"What're you doing? What're you doing? Eh? Negative people only get negative things in life. Don't be a negative person."

Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily
Credit: TikTok/thesmithyfamily

In their most recent video, Nick and Jess explained exactly what they have done with the money and still plan to do.

The 33-year-old father said: "We're very appreciative and thankful to everyone that donated even though we didn't ask for this. We are passing this on to other causes and charities.

"We've done £13,000 to a family who lost everything in a fire in Croydon, we gave a small amount to our neighbours to cover their excess and anything that wasn't going to be replaced."

The pair also explained that they'd given money to the MS Society as well as £6,600 to The Azaylia Foundation.

In a statement given to LADbible, GoFundMe explained: "Last year generous fans of the Smithy family donated thousands to help them out after an arson attack. The campaigns were fully vetted and within terms. The family has committed to donating £33,000 of the money raised to other good causes."

Topics: News, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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