Football fans raise thousands for Gloucester City kit man after fire destroyed his home

The fire was believed to have been caused by a faulty tumble dryer. Credit: Chris Farr

Fans have been raising money to support a football team's kit man whose house was damaged in a fire.

Supporters of Gloucester City AFC have raised more than £2,500 for the club's kit manager Chris Farr after his house in the Forest of Dean burnt down on Sunday 29 October.

Mr Farr and his 81-year-old mother both managed to escape the fire. His mother was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident but has now been discharged.

As well as causing extensive damage to Mr Farr's home, the fire destroyed thousands of pounds worth of equipment belonging to the football club.

Gloucester City AFC said they "lost everything," from drinks bottles to high-tech performance monitoring kits.

The club added the entirety of their away kit was destroyed in the fire.

A GoFundMe page, which has already reached its halfway target, has been set up to support Mr Farr and help the club replace their equipment.

The team's kit supplier, EVN Sportswear, has also said they will supply the club with a replacement set of away kits free of charge.

Gloucester City are due to play against Warrington Town at home on Saturday 4 November.