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A man has had the “week from hell” after his house burned down, his dog was killed, his grandad died and he was involved in a serious car crash.
Sunny Braitch, from Coventry, West Midlands, opened up about his horrendous week, which also coincided with him setting up a non-profit charity to feed thousands of people in his home city.
Two months after setting up the charity, his French Bulldog Bongo was run over, and tragedy struck his house.
He told the Coventry Telegraph: “Bongo was everything. She was my happiness, my joy, my reason to come home from work.
“If I didn't have Bongo I could be in the pub every night.
"She got me talking to other dog owners on the field.
“If she wasn't allowed to come to someone's house, I wouldn't go – she was part of the family.
“If I haven't got something to grab on to, I don't feel like I have purpose.”
Sadly, Bongo was in the process being trained to become a therapy dog for end-of-life patients, and an investigation is still underway into the cause of the house fire, which took place early in 2021.
It left him and his family homeless for five weeks, and are still in temporary accommodation now.
And at the same time as the fire, he lost his grandad and got into a serious car accident.
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He added: “I have to keep busy otherwise I find that my mental health drops off. I have an anxiety disorder – I overthink everything.
“I don't want to be thinking of something in front of the TV. I don't really watch TV, I hardly go to the cinema, I just like to keep busy.
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“I am quite an active person, so in the gaps that I do have, I go to the gym.
“There wasn't anything to physically hold on to, my grandad went so did my dog, we lost all our memories.
“It was a very, very stressful year.”
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However, not to be defeated, his charity has quickly become vital in the areas of Willenhall and Hillfields.
It has given him a “purpose” during such hard times, he said.
Sunny continued: “If I die tomorrow, I would die happy, or content, that I had paid my rent in life.”
The charity is currently fundraising for a new van, appealing for volunteers, and donations: [email protected], by calling Sunny 07881980922, or searching for Sky Blue Support on Facebook and Instagram.
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