A FAMILY who were left homeless after a house fire are being helped back onto their feet by a local supermarket.

On January 18, Melissa Nightingale’s home on Penrice Close, Radcliffe, was destroyed by a fire - caused by an electric scooter which had been left leaning on a radiator within the home.

Fortunately, Melissa and her three children had been away from the home during this time, however all of their possessions within the house were destroyed the blaze.

With no home insurance on her house or belongings, the family were left homeless, owning only the clothes on their backs.

Upon hearing about the accident, colleagues at Tesco Bury were eager to help Melissa and her family back on their feet - with £400 worth of emergency donations.

Melissa, who now has permanent accommodation sorted, said: "I was so overwhelmed by the support from the store, and I wanted so badly to hug everyone to say thank you.

"It was really difficult not being able to do that."

Soon after the incident, the store made up an emergency hamper for them, filled with items like nappies, baby milk, clothes, toys, food, and teddies.

A week later, this was followed by another donation of additional bedding, school equipment, bottles, and underwear.

Wendy Howarth, community champion at the store, said: "It was extremely emotional and distressing to see the photos of Melissa’s beautiful home which had been destroyed by the fire.

"When she explained everything she had lost, including her daughter’s cherished teddy bear, we knew we had to help."

Melissa added: "I didn’t know how to thank the colleagues enough.

"It was absolutely devastating losing all our possessions, but donations like these have really helped us on the way to being somewhat sorted."

A Go Fund Me campaign has also been set up to support the family financially, so that new clothes and other essential items can be bought for Melissa's kids.

So far, £2950 has been raised from more than 140 donors, and the fundraiser has been shared 250 times on social media.

Wendy, who has supported numerous causes across Bury during her role as community champion, added: "It’s really important that we look after those closest to us in our local communities.

"From individuals to groups and charities, we at Tesco are always keen to support local initiatives that need our help."