Fire Disaster Appeal launches for The Carpenter’s Arms’ Six Hills site

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On the morning of Saturday, 30th March, The Carpenter’s Arms suffered a devastating fire at its Six Hills property on the A46 between Loughborough and Melton Mowbray.

Miraculously, none of the staff or residents were injured and we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services for their incredible efforts to bring the fire quickly under control.

Thanks go to staff member and former resident Alex Moore who raised the alarm and carried out a swift fire evacuation.

Assessing the full structural damage is going to take some time but there is extensive fire damage to the kitchen as well as smoke damage to the dining room, gym, our new reception area and our first-floor pastoral, administration and management offices. It is heart breaking that these are all areas that our staff members and residents have personally refurbished over the last three years.

Richard Spence, CEO of The Carpenter’s Arms said,

“Whilst we are all deeply upset by the damage to the building, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of support from our local community who turned up to lend their support at the weekend.

Thankfully, we have been able to put in place all temporary measures to save the site from shutting down and to house residents on site whilst we build back. Our immediate priority is to ensure that those elements of the programme that play such a key part in drug and alcohol recovery – for example, cooking and eating together and physical fitness through use of our on-site gym – are back up and running as soon as possible.”

The Carpenter’s Arms Fire Disaster Appeal has now been launched to raise immediate funds for the following:

New refrigeration and freezer units

Whilst we have managed to secure a mobile kitchen, there is little space to store perishable items. We have lost two weeks’ worth of perishable food in the fire and would like to install the facilities needed to replenish these stocks.

Getting our food store back up and running

We need to fit out an area where we can build back and safely store our non-perishable food items.

Kitchen and dining equipment

We’re missing everything you would normally find in a kitchen and dining room – chopping boards, food preparation equipment, plates, cutlery, tables and chairs which enable our residents to cook and eat together.

Gym equipment

Physical fitness plays a big part too in mental wellbeing. We know that our residents really benefit from time in the gym to escape negative thoughts and boredom as they recover from the effects of drug or alcohol misuse. Gym equipment the men are missing the most at the moment are dumbbells and benches.

Lounge area 

Comfortable sofas and chairs (please note: we can only accept items with the appropriate fire safety label attached).

If you would like to lend your support to helping The Carpenter’s Arms rebuild after this devastating fire, you can do so on the Carpenter’s Arms Fire Disaster Appeal fundraising page


Images of happier times at the Six Hills kitchen and the devastation caused by the recent fire.

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When I left the Military, I had problems in my marriage and was a victim of domestic abuse. I totally lost it and turned to alcohol. The Carpenter’s Arms were willing to take me on and knowing they were signed up to The Armed Forces Covenant was a big thing for me. I have grown with the programme, and I have now got self-worth. I wake up every morning thankful. I’m blessed.

Brian, resident

As a magistrate, I see the devastation of addiction to a person’s life, as well as their family and friends, when they end up in the Court system. The Carpenter’s Arms offers an opportunity, strategies and support to face and overcome addiction, and turn people’s lives around. It offers people hope at their lowest ebb to gain self-confidence and self-worth which are invaluable gifts.

Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, High Sheriff of Leicestershire

I got out of prison on the 14th of December 2017 and went straight to The Carpenter's Arms and felt the labels go. My first clean test in 24 years felt amazing. I had never seen my little girls through clean eyes. It was overwhelming! All the victories that were coming for me just for being in this place.

Garry, resident

I’ve known The Carpenter's Arms now for several years and it's great to see the way in which they have grown. What they've done in terms of supporting the defence community has been extraordinary. They show such great enthusiasm and such an ability to reach into people's lives.

Bruce Spencer, MoD Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands

Before my arrival at the Carpenter's Arms, I was lost in a very dark place, haunted by past memories, suppressed by the use of drink and drugs. A local Christian charity recommended The Carpenter's Arms and I was thrown another lifeline and my hope was restored. My spirit, body and soul have been renewed, and I have re-established family connections and built bridges I once burnt.

Bradley, resident

The Carpenter’s Arms is one of our alliance charities working in the area of addiction. We draw on their understanding of what's going on, and their work and solutions for people living with addiction. It helps support our policy and working forward to sustainable living and aspirations in life after addiction.

Steve Meadwell, Regional Manager (Midlands), Centre for Social Justice

I have been suffering from mental health for over 10 years and was addicted to crack, cocaine, cannabis, and steroids. My life was unmanageable. My life has changed completely and I’ve been able to see my son again. I was lost and broken and now I am blessed. I am now a House Dad in phase 3 and I’ve been put on the Pathways as a Support Worker.

Blake, resident

I'm the trustee of the Carpenter's Arms and, this year, I’m also the Mayor of Charnwood. I first met Brian and Judith when I was a Magistrate Chairman of the Drug Rehabilitation Committee. The most rewarding experience was when I finished sitting on the bench and watched the amazing successes at The Carpenter’s Arms in capacity as a trustee. To sit and listen to the clients tell their stories, what they have done and how they have come out the other side with new beginnings, I think for me is the most rewarding. The court couldn’t do it, but The Carpenter's Arms did.

Councillor Margaret Smidowicz, Mayor of Charnwood and trustee of The Carpenter’s Arms

After years of hard drug addiction and causing a lot of pain and suffering for myself and my loved ones, I walked through the doors of the Carpenter's Arms. In the space of a few weeks, I started to see and think more clearly and within months my life had changed drastically for the better. I can't thank the Carpenter's Arms enough for giving me a second chance at life.

Marcus, resident

I've been an alcoholic for 3 years. Whilst it has been a challenge at The Carpenter's Arms, I have been clean for 1 month, have more energy and motivation to do things. A routine has helped me a lot, as well as being able to be around people which has helped me speak more easily. I am excited to go back to work and see my family more.

Rob, resident

I was a broken man after 16 years addicted to heroin and crack, with no confidence or self-worth. Through coming to the Carpenter's Arms, I have been able to break free from my addiction, have learnt how to love myself, how to treat others and how to deal with everyday life without drugs. I am now happily married with 6 beautiful kids and have had a job for the last 6 years.

Scott, resident