When I was young I always dreamt of being a business owner, the years rolled by & I came up with the idea to start my own Mobile Valeting company. I worked hard to raise enough money to invest in everything I needed to get me going and fast forward to today things had been going really well.
On Tuesday the 12th of May I had just finished work and was on my way home to have dinner with my wife & 2 year old son. 10 minutes into my journey as I approached Northolt on the A40 I began to see smoke coming out of my drivers side pillar, luckily I was able to stop on the side within a few seconds but by then the smoke in the cabin had became intense. Once I got out the van I saw smoke coming out of a ventilation fan i installed on the roof, I acted on instinct and opened the rear door and a big flame came out, I took a few steps back and immediately called the emergency services and from then I had to stand at a distance watching everything I had built come down in flames. A few hours after the fire brigade managed to diffuse the fire a Investigation team arrived to try and understand what caused the fire to start, after examining everything after around 2 hours they was unable to determine the cause but explained that it may have been a electrical fault with my steam cleaner or a fault with the locking mechanism on my rear door but they couldn’t be 100% sure.
My Insurance has been investigating the van and equipment since, I spoke to them today & apparently they don’t cover fire caused by mechanical or electrical faults, it’s proving obvious that they are somewhat trying to find any reason not to cover me. This has been a really difficult decision to make but I’m left with no option but to call for support to help me get back onto my feet and continue providing for my small family.
Any money I raise will be combined with my savings & used to purchase a van and all the basic valeting equipment needed to get me going again.
As a thank you to those who have donated, I would love to offer you a free Mini Valet once we are back on our feet again, please send your name & contact details to my email [email redacted].uk so I can contact you once as soon as we are set up again.
I will be posting regular stories on my Instagram to update you all on my progress rebuilding my business, I invite you all to join me on this journey. @thevaleters
Thank you for your reading,
- Audrie Mbala
- Olsi Berisha
- Edmond Xhaferi
- Ammar Monojir
- Robert Le Boutillier
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