A GoFundMe was started for Paul Whitfield to repair his roof after a tree crashed through it in June. - GoFundMe

Fundraiser started to repair Peachland man’s home

Paul Witfield’s home was damaged after a tree crashed through the roof in June

After a tree branch crashed through his roof in June, a Peachland man has been collecting raindrops in buckets on the floor of his home.

Paul Witfield, 67, was unable to fix the roof of his home in Antlers Beach Estates because of his health and age, and has little money to spare, according to his lifelong friend Michael Batt. Witfield worked 45 to 50 years as a painter, and after so many years as a tradesman, it wears on the body, Batt said.

RELATED: Man breaks into Peachland restaurant through skylight

Batt set up a GoFundMe in July to raise funds to repair some of the damage.

“It came right through the living room roof, (crushed a stereo cabinet), and the really good thing was (it didn’t go through the bedroom roof), if it was Paul’s bedroom he could have been killed,” Batt said. “It seemed the damage was done to the roof, the ceiling, the furniture wrecked, the carpet was wrecked… He does own his unit but after he pays his pad and his utilities, he’s broke. He has a little money for gas and food and that’s that.”

There’s a tarp covering the large whole Witfield has been unable to fix, but Batt said it hasn’t stopped the water.

The pair have been friends for a long time.

Batt even shared his home in Peachland with Witfield after Batt lost his wife to cancer, and Whitfield helped out around the house as Batt raised his two daughters on his own.

“We go back to the glory days when we were both living in Vancouver,” Batt said.

As of Saturday, Aug. 11, the fundraiser had reached the halfway mark.

“That’s a wonderful feeling,” Batt said.

After the windstorm, Witfield was also put on evacuation alert due to the Mount Eneas wildfire.

“For the last few months he’s been living with no TV, no stereo – the good thing is he’s an avid reader,” Batt said.

The money will go towards the roof repair and replace the insulation, vapour barrier and ceiling as well as to install a new carpet.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

GoFundMe

Just Posted

Snow warning: Bad for the highways, great for the ski hills

Get your ski gear ready as area mountains are ready for you to enjoy all the Interior winter has to offer this season.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District staff to investigate road rescue

Two directors ask staff to have regional district fire halls provide service to speed up response

Columbia Shuswap Regional District approves cannabis business policy

Directors of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District gave unanimous approval to a… Continue reading

Shovelling begins in the Shuswap

The first big snowfall will be followed by warmer temperatures and rain

Snowfall warning issued for Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

A winter storm is expected to roll through the area today with… Continue reading

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Prosecutor signs off on former B.C. Liberal government’s quick-wins probe

David Butcher said in a statement released Monday that the RCMP recommended charges under the Elections Act

Canadian physicist who won Nobel Prize touts science for the sake of science

Donna Strickland, 59, said securing the field’s highest honour has given her a significant new platform

Cannabis store application receives approval from Summerland council

Application to Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is for store in Summerfair Shopping Centre

Too many die in heavy truck crashes, B.C. auditor says

Province has no mandatory driver training for commercial vehicles

B.C. city considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

Victoria city coun. Ben Isitt doesn’t think the government should pay for any religious symbols

BCHL player lifts Canada West to second win at World Junior A Challenge

Chilliwack Chiefs player has a three-point performance

B.C.’s skyrocketing real estate market will ‘correct’ in 2019: analyst

Housing prices in Vancouver are set to rise just 0.6 per cent

Most Read