Plumber goes viral after refusing to take payment for work from 91-year-old pensioner

Plumber goes viral after refusing to take payment for work from 91-year-old pensioner

A PLUMBER is being praised for his selfless work after an invoice showing he fixed the boiler of a 91-year-old woman, free of charge, was posted online.

James Anderson, from Burnley, went viral after his invoice for the elderly woman, who has acute leukaemia, was shared on Twitter.

“No charge for this lady under any circumstances,” the invoice reads.

“We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”

The tweet featuring the invoice has been retweeted more than 14,000 times, helping shine a light on the work of the 52-year-old.


Anderson has helped thousands of elderly and disabled people since launching his not-for-profit plumbing company Depher back in March 2017.

Depher relies crowdfunding and donations to make their work possible.

“The initiative gives them a lifeline that they can call to receive a free service and repair to the emergency GAS and WATER breakdown that they face,” the company’s Crowdfunding page states.

“Since the start of Depher CIC we have helped and saved 2389 elderly and disabled people from the torment of no heating or hot water, gas leaks, water leaks and the dangers of carbon monoxide within their homes.”

Anderson has offered his service across the Lancashire region for the past two winters but is now set to expand the reach of Depher to the whole of the UK, having recruited additional engineers to his cause.


The service remains reliant on donations from the public though.

“We are now in the verge of coming into our 3rd winter period and we know that the service will be needed even more if the winter becomes a cold and long one, with this in mind we have to act now so we have enough funds available to cope with the demand.”

Anyone who wants to contribute to a service bettering the lives of the vulnerable and elderly can donate here.