Fire destroys family’s bus, home, business

TO a group of arsonists on a late-night spree of senseless vandalism they must have been just two more vehicles that could be spray-painted and torched.
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But to a young family on the other side of the world, the two motorhomes parked in a quiet Heatherbrae street were their life, their livelihood and their home.

Trish Tucker-May, her husband Joe May and their children Roary, 3, and Jack-Patrick, 5, were in England in early August when an Australian friend sent them a link to a story on the Newcastle Herald website about two motorhomes that had been gutted by fire.

Ms Tucker-May, who runs a mobile fresh-pressed juice business, and Mr May, a clown, have split the past 10 years between England and Australia, stopping at festivals like Glastonbury in the UK before spending summer travelling to places like the Woodford Folk Festival, WOMADelaide, Rainbow Serpent in Victoria and the Tasmanian Circus Festival back home.

‘‘While we are in Australia we are on the road for four or five months,’’ Ms Tucker-May said.

‘‘Our bus is where we live, where we home-school our children and where we run our businesses.

‘‘It is our everything – our office, our lounge room, our bedroom and the way we travel to each festival.’’

Ms Tucker-May said without family in Forster they would be homeless when they returned to Australia.

‘‘We have festivals booked and rents paid and now our season cannot happen,’’ she said.

‘‘This has deeply shocked our family.’’

Ms Tucker-May said in 20 minutes vandals had destroyed what her family had worked 10 years for. ‘‘Vandalism sucks,’’ she said. ‘‘It destroys people’s livelihood, it destroys people’s homes. ‘‘It took us 10 years of work to buy that bus.

‘‘We are not rich grey nomads travelling around in our retirement fund, we are a hard-working family making a living out of our small businesses and that has a lot of challenges.

‘‘Your actions have ruined what we have worked for.’’

She said a mix-up with the paperwork had meant the bus was not insured.

The motorhome blaze was one of more than 20 late-night fires across Port Stephens within a few weeks.

Police suspect an arsonist or arsonists are responsible.

Friends in England have started a crowd funding page to raise money to buy a new bus/home for the family.

The page can be found at: http://www.gofundme南京夜网/4dohv0

HOMELESS: The Tucker-May family have lost their home in a suspicious fire which gutted their motorhomes.

UP IN SMOKE: The two motorhomes were destroyed in a fire believed to have been started by arsonists.

UP IN SMOKE: The two motorhomes were destroyed in a fire believed to have been started by arsonists.

UP IN SMOKE: The two motorhomes were destroyed in a fire believed to have been started by arsonists.

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