Mapperley couple who had lucky escape from Hurricane Irma launch fundraising campaign to help victims

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A Mapperley couple who had a "narrow escape" after Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean have launched a fundraising campaign to help the thousands of people on the devastated island.

Sam Stoffel, owner of Profit Accumulator - a matched betting company which says it can help punters win money - made a dramatic escape from Necker Island with his fiancée Emma Lednor, also 27, just before the deadly storm hit on Tuesday (September 5).

The category five storm has blighted the United States and tore across the Caribbean with life-threatening wind and rain.

Now, Sam and Emma want to help the thousands of people who have lost their homes in the region.

They are appealing for donations, and the first £25,000 raised will be matched by Profit Accumulator.

Profit Accumulator founder Sam Stoffel

Profit Accumulator founder Sam Stoffel

Mr Stoffel said: "Hurricane Irma has wrought untold devastation on the Caribbean. It is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.

"I was in the British Virgin Islands as Irma approached, and was fortunate enough to fly home to the UK mere hours before it struck.

"I had no comprehension of the level of destruction it was about to cause. Many others were not so lucky.

"Entire islands ar completely devastated. Buildings destroyed, trees uprooted across entire islands and lives lost.

"This damage is causing untold misery for these communities. Many have no shelter, no electricity, no food or water.

"They're going to need major help to rebuild."

Sam and Emma were enjoying their holiday on Necker Island

Sam and Emma were enjoying their holiday on Necker Island

The couple had been holidaying in Necker Island, which is located in the British Virgin Islands , for two weeks with friend, billionaire and owner of the Virgin Group Richard Branson.

Sam and Emma ended up catching a flight which was brought forward a few hours from Antigua to St Lucia, and then caught another one from St Lucia back to the UK.

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They returned safely back home in Mapperley last Wednesday (September 6).

The businessman added: "We want to encourage all of you to donate anything you can to provide urgently needed aid.

"To encourage this further, Profit Accumulator pledges to match any donations made up to £25,000.

"That means if people donate £25,000 collectively, Profit Accumulator will top it up to £50,000."

If you want to donate, visit www.profitaccumulator.co.uk/hurricane-irma-disaster-relief