Bouncing back from lightning bolt

Josh Brough sent in this picture of the aftermath of lightning striking a house in Heanor.
Josh Brough sent in this picture of the aftermath of lightning striking a house in Heanor.

A Heanor mum whose house was struck by lightning has thanked all the well-wishers and fundraisers who have supported her family.

Arleen Gregg was having breakfast when a bolt struck the roof of her home on Balmoral Close on Tuesday, July 22.

It set the house ablaze, destroying two bridesmaids dresses and a host of male tuxedos hired for her son Stuart’s wedding, due only two days later.

But since the freak incident, which has left the detached property in need of drastic repairs that will take at least six months, a whip round by neighbours has helped Arleen and husband Paul to the tune of £1,000.

Arleen said: “We always knew we lived on a good estate. When people raise that amount for you - thank you just doesn’t seem enough.”

Arleen and Paul, who are currently staying at the Morley Hayes Hotel and said the money helped with re-hiring the bridesmaids dresses for the wedding, which took place at Horsley Lodge.

Thankfully their son Stuart and daughter in law Claire’s big day went off without a hitch.

But as the couple have not been able to go back into the structurally unsound home to collect their things, the money has been vital helping them gather some bare essentials.

“I hadn’t even go t a pair of shoes when I ran out of there,” Arleen said.

Mr and Mrs Gregg say they are now looking to rent a home while insurers assess the damage to their house. It is predicted the rebuild of their home will take between six months and a year, but Arleen said determined: “We will live in that house again. It will take time, but hopefully the bricks and mortar are okay.”

The lightning bolt which hit the Gregg family home was believed to have bounced off a neighbouring property first. It happened only weeks after the family were burgled.