BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire community is helping to raise money for a family who lost 14 horses and their business in a fire.
Residents in Bedford help provide $4,000 for Harriet Finks after a fire destroyed her barn and the animals at Perry Hill Farm last month.
Finks and her daughter were able to save some ponies and a pig, but the horses didn’t survive.
‘‘It was our income, and we have no income any more. Everything is gone. Everything is burned to the ground,’’ Finks told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/SSii4o) .’’
Maeve Jackson, who took riding lessons at the farm, contacted the owner of a local Carraba’s restaurant, Danny Somaru. They came up with a fundraising idea to sell raffle tickets to customers.
Jackson, a cheerleader, also asked for donations at football games.
‘‘I just went up to people and said, ‘There was a fire. Would you like to donate?'’’ she said. ‘‘And I started getting more and more money.’’
Finks is looking to bring the business back.
‘‘Hopefully, everybody will just help, and we can just do something good from this; rebuild our lives, rebuild the farm and just try to start over again,’’ she said.
Fire officials don’t think the fire was suspicious at horse farm, which offered riding lessons and a summer camp.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com