Help needed for fire victims

HOUSE fire survivors Nicki Wright and her four children continue to grieve the loss of their beloved partner and father figure Ricky Ogilbie from the house fire that claimed his life just weeks ago.

The latest in a series of fires across homes in NSW, Nicki and her four young children were fortunately out of the Brogan St home, in Armidale, they shared with Ricky when the fire claimed his life on Saturday, July 2.

However, this is doing little to console the 25-year-old mother of four as she faces the future without her partner and with no possessions.

Family friend Sue Powdrell has responded to the tragedy by setting up an appeal for the family.

“It will take time for Nicki to heal emotionally from this tragic loss of Ricky, but the community can help her to replace her possessions,” Mrs Powdrell said.

“This poor girl has lost everything.”

Ms Powdrell urged people in the local area to make an effort to help Nicki get back on her feet.

“Anything the people of Armidale, Tamworth and the surrounding areas can do would be so appreciated, please help this young family,” she said. Ms Powdrell also wants to remind the community of the Ogilbie family’s loss as well.

“Church groups are praying for both the families directly affected by the fire and I want to encourage the community to keep them in their prayers as well,” she said.

Nikki and her children are staying with her mother for the time being. Essential items like children’s clothing, blankets, bedding and whitegoods all have to be replaced.

Tamworth’s Red Shied Family Store on Peel St is available to take cash donations, no matter how small, but essential items like clothing should be dropped at the Armidale Neighbourhood Centre.

Co-ordinator of the Armidale-based appeal Jim Foord has said the response has been positive but urges the public to get behind Nicki and her children.

“A variety of things have been coming in and some people in the community have been quite


“We really need people to donate anything of practical assistance, however we are not set up for cash donations, but support of this family will go a very long way,” Mr Foord said. Call 6772 4373 or Sue Powdrell for more information on how your goods can help.

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