Car dealer offers temporary home to displaced family

THE community’s charitable heart has again shone for a Tamworth family who lost everything in a fire on Easter Saturday.

HOME SWEET HOME: Woodley Motor Group dealer principal Mark Woodley, right, prepares to hand over the keys to a home on Byrnes Ave to the Berry family, from left, Shontaia Berry, 11, Rheannon Berry, 15, Tanielle Cutmore, Bianca Berry, 14, Alaijah Berry, 16, and Raymond Berry. Mr Woodley has offered the home to the family for up to four months rent-free, after fire destroyed their public housing home. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050514GGC02

HOME SWEET HOME: Woodley Motor Group dealer principal Mark Woodley, right, prepares to hand over the keys to a home on Byrnes Ave to the Berry family, from left, Shontaia Berry, 11, Rheannon Berry, 15, Tanielle Cutmore, Bianca Berry, 14, Alaijah Berry, 16, and Raymond Berry. Mr Woodley has offered the home to the family for up to four months rent-free, after fire destroyed their public housing home. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050514GGC02

In a moving gesture, local car dealer Mark Woodley yesterday handed over the keys to a temporary home for Tanielle Cutmore, Raymond Berry and their four children.

The spacious, four-bedroom home in Byrnes Ave has been offered to the family for up to four months rent-free as they attempt to rebuild following the devastating fire.

Their Doonba St public housing property was destroyed in a suspicious blaze last month.

Ms Cutmore, who has been forced to live in motel rooms with her family since the fire, said it was “amazing” to finally have a place to call home again.

“I’m just speechless; this is unbelievable,” Ms Cutmore said.

“To have our own space again is huge. All the kids are so excited. They’re already making plans about who is going to be sleeping where.

“We can’t thank the Woodley Motor Group enough.”

It caps off an extraordinary community relief effort for the family in recent weeks, with money and dozens of household items already donated.

Mr Woodley said it was gratifying to be able to help other locals during such a traumatic time.

“I read about it in the paper and thought, ‘I wonder if there’s something we can do?’” Mr Woodley said.

“I knew we had this house that wasn’t being used and all the (business) partners agreed it was a good idea.”

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