The founder of a charity that provides free plumbing and heating services for the elderly and vulnerable, said Hugh Grant “will always be my brother” when the actor donated another £10,000 to GoFundMe.
Defer founder Ames Anderson hailed Grant as “God” for the third time on Thursday morning after Starr donated to the charity, which had previously given thousands of pounds.
Mr Anderson said Grant’s contribution, which was verified by GoFundMe, was more important than ever with the current life-saving crisis.
“If I could change the name of Jesus, I would call him Hugh,” the 54-year-old from Burnley told the PA news agency.
“We now (got) a free boiler for a 94-year-old woman because of Hugh.
“There’s another woman who has a brain tumor,[she]and her husband haven’t had hot or hot water for 17 months and now they’ll get a new boiler because of Hugh.
“It’s not that it helps or makes life a little easier – it really saves lives.”
Since its launch in 2017, Defar has helped more than 39,000 families get free heating and hot water in their homes.
The grant was paid to the charity’s most recent GoFundMe, which has now raised over £47,000 as Mr Anderson expects Defer to operate in every UK town and city.
The charity’s founder revealed that he had a conversation with Grant on Twitter, where the actor expressed his respect for Defer’s work.
“He respects me and has great compassion for what we do,” he said.
“In my opinion, that man will always be my brother.
“I may never see him, I may never meet him, but he will always be my brother.”
Even though (Hugh) is miles away, he’s still involved because he sees, he hears, he understands and he knows where we’re coming from.James Anderson, Defre
The grant amount will cover about a third of Defer’s monthly expenses for those without hot or hot water.
“He has given medicine for a disease we are all fighting,” Anderson said.
“I’ll share the shoes with my feet, I’ll sell everything I own, I’ll even mortgage my house and sell my false teeth until I know these kids are going to be fed again.
“And even though (Hugh) is miles away, he still joins in because he sees, he hears, he understands and he knows where we’re coming from.”