A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Alan Gosling clean up and disinfect his property and land after being the first person in Britain to contract human bird flu.
The 79-year-old from Buckfastleigh known as ‘the duck man’ had created a bird sanctuary at his home and cared for injured, sick and dying Muscovy ducks over the past 24 years.
Sadly, all 140 ducks have been culled with 120 living in duck houses outside in the garden and the other 20 living inside as his pets.
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Alan’s budgies and cockatoo which were also culled in a bid to prevent the spread of the H5N1 strain, shortly after Christmas.
Now, the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise £10,000 to help him clean, disinfect and rebuild the duck houses so he can begin to rebuild the bird sanctuary.
On the page, which has been set up by Alan’s daughter-in-law Ellesha, it says: “Hello, my name is Ellesha Gosling and I am Alan Gosling’s daughter in law. My father in law has recently been diagnosed with the rare strain H5N1 of Avian Influenza and has been in the media recently.
“We need to be able to support dad with the clean up and disinfecting of the property and land, to which we have been told now that dad has to pay for. Please help us to help dad with this monumental task!! And thank you!”
The page, which has been open for less than a day, has already raised £1,290 out of its £10,000 target.
Some of the comments from donors are wishing Alan the best of luck and are sympathising with the loss of his animals.
(Image: Gosling family / SWNS)
Although his family have said that he’s not showing physical symptoms of Avian flu, he is mentally distraught and incredibly lonely
Alan said: “I wake up in the middle of the night thinking I’m having a nightmare then realise this is actually happening.
“I had kept my ducks for 20 years they were my family – they were my life. Before, I was never alone and now I’m stuck here with empty cages – it’s like a morgue.
“I feel totally fine myself, that’s part of the story – I’m just upset about losing all my ducks. It’s torn me to pieces and broken my heart.”
To help Alan clean and disinfect his property click here.
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