The Lighthouse Club shares a message of hope on Blue Monday

This Blue Monday, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity shared a message of hope to show that even in the face of extreme adversity, there is always help and support available.

Iain Miller with his daughters Holly and Casey

This year, Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, falls on January 17. winter weather.

Today the charity tells the story of Iain Miller, who runs Evolve Plumbing and Heating in Dunfermline, whose house was destroyed in a fire in December 2020. He has vowed to rebuild it from scratch and thanks to the help of the charity and its supporters, his family was back in their home to enjoy Christmas last month.



Iain has been in the business for 25 years and started out as an apprentice. In December 2020, he went sledding with his daughters Holly and Casey. Iain continues the story in his own words.

The Lighthouse Club shares a message of hope on Blue Monday

“When we got home, I lit the coal fire to warm everyone up. When the fire went out, we stepped out into the back garden hot tub. We had been there for about an hour when Casey decided to walk out and come in. As she walked out, I noticed the spa lights flickering. Casey opened the back doors and a huge plume of black smoke came out. I ran into the house, but it was pitch black with smoke, the electricity had tripped so the house was in darkness.

“The only thing you could see was the fire. I sent the kids to the top of the garden and had to go in and save the dog. As soon as I saw the fire, I knew I couldn’t fight it – it was way too big. I got everyone out, we were all in swimming gear, snow on the ground, then the windows shattered. We went to our neighbors and saw the house go up in flames. It was horrible but at least we all got out safe and sound.



“I contacted my insurance company and then got more devastating news. My home insurance had just expired. I was on my own.

“A structural engineer checked the house and deemed it safe to rebuild, but it would need to be stripped bare. We were lucky the windows had blown out as it meant the heat had gone down. I decided to swap the layout of the round house. I didn’t want Holly and Casey to come in and say, “That’s where the fire was,” I wanted it to look different. I promised them that I would rebuild and that we would be back by Christmas 2021.”

This promise was kept thanks to the considerable help of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and its supporters. The biggest challenge was the roof. Iain had been abandoned three times by roofers who said they would come but didn’t.



Lighthouse Charity partner Carey Group arranged for scaffolding to be erected, which was fundamental to completing the roof and something Iain simply could not have afforded. Gallagher Group, another strong supporter of the charity, provided all the plasterboard for the rebuild. The charity funded the cost of a new kitchen.

Iain added: ‘I was visited by Mark Everett, a lighthouse volunteer and former charity trustee who supported me through the initial stages and later by Andy Stevens, a lighthouse charity ambassador and trader to him. -even who really understood the magnitude of the work that had been done. . I want to say a big thank you to the Lighthouse Club, my kids are my world, everything I do is for them, I just couldn’t have kept my promise to Holly and Casey without their help.

If you need help or support, or know someone who needs it, you can call the association’s 24/7 helpline in the UK 0345 605 1956 , ROI 1800 939 122 or visit www.lighthouseclub.org.