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Mayor of Southwark charity donates bed to family devastated by bed bug infestation

A Borough family’s bed bug nightmare has finally ended after a Southwark charity stepped in to donate a bed.

Ill great-grandmother Sandra Clarke, 68, was forced to sleep in a chair in her kitchen after her flat was overrun by the biting bugs for ten months.

Last week the flat was finally cleared of the insects’ invasion, although the damage had already been done to furniture by the swarm.

After reading the story in the News, The Mayor of Southwark’s Common Goods Trust approached the family and offered to donate a new bed.

When told of the donation, Sandra’s granddaughter Laura McKelvey said: “That is really nice. It’s great that people out there are trying to help. Thank you.”

The charity is run by John Wallington, 78, who is also Secretary of the Traders’ Association and spent decades running two stalls at East Street market.

He said: “We are a group of people who, over the last 35 years or so, help people in need in Southwark. We help people at every stage of their lives, from the cradle to the grave.

“We haven’t got millions of pounds but anything we can help with – a new cooker, a bed, funeral costs – is worth it.”

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