Tik-Tok influencers The Smithy Family are slammed for buying a JET SKI after fans of their videos raised £50,000 to help fix their fire-ravaged house
- Family’s home in Welling caught fire after their Ford S-Max was set alight in July
- Property was left destroyed and a GoFundMe page was set up, raising £50,000
- But Nick, 33, posted a clip on Sunday showing him laughing while riding a jet-ski
- Social media users were furious, with one writing: ‘Wow I regret donating now’
TikTok influencers The Smithy Family have been slammed for buying a jet ski after fans of their videos raised £50,000 to help fix their fire-ravaged home.
The family’s semi-detached house in Welling, south-east London, caught fire after their Ford S-Max was set alight with a milk carton filled with petrol on July 14.
Nick, 33, his partner Jess and their children all escaped unharmed and claimed at the time that they will never be able to live in the property again.
A GoFundMe page was set up in aid of the family, raising £50,000 – £30,000 of which is being donated back to various fundraisers and charities.
But social media users were left furious on Sunday after Nick posted a video showing him laughing while riding around a jet-ski, asking: ‘What are you doing, eh?’
The clip was posted to the Smithy Family’s TikTok page, on which they have accumulated over 3.3million followers by uploading videos of their exploits.
Positive things happen to people that are positive #thesmithyfamily
Social media users were left furious on Sunday after Nick (pictured above), 33, posted a video showing him laughing while riding around a jet-ski, asking: ‘What are you doing, eh?’
The Smithy Family’s semi-detached home in Welling, south-east London caught fire after their Ford S-Max was set alight with a milk carton filled with petrol on July 14
In the video, reported by The Sun, Nick says: ‘To the people that are so caught up in my life, so anxious about what I am doing or how I am spending my money, when you’re not focusing on your own life we’ve gone through hell and back.
‘We’re still smiling. We’re still pushing forwards, we’re still working, we’re still earning money and we’re still smiling and enjoying life.
‘What are you doing? What are you doing, eh?’
He then laughs while facing the camera, shouting: ‘Negative people only get negative things in life. Don’t be a negative person.’
One TikTok user commented: ‘He’s laughing at everyone who donated to him.’
Another wrote: ‘Wow I regret donating now. Actually can I have my 50 quid back please?’
And a third added: ‘Couldn’t pay for house renovations but can buy a jet ski! Feel sorry for all the people who donated to the GoFundMe page.’
However, in another video posted today, Nick and Jess said they are a passing on a large sum of the money donated to other charities.
To anyone that donated to the go fund me page for us please let us know what charity you would like next #teamsmithy
In another video posted today, Nick and Jess said they are a passing on a large sum of the money donated to other charities
They told followers: ‘As you know, £47,000 was raised in our name after the fire. We’re very appreciative and thankful for everyone that donated.
‘Even though we didn’t ask for this, we are passing this on to other causes and charities.
‘We have done £13,000 to a family that lost everything in a fire in Croydon, we gave a small amount to each neighbour next door to cover their excess and anything that wasn’t going to be replaced.
‘We’ve also done £6,900-and-something-ish to the MS Society. And you all chose and commented the Azaylia Foundation, which we have donated this morning to.’
The Smithy Family first gained notoriety on TikTok during lockdown. Father Nick Smith and his partner Jess shared funny videos of their children Amelia, six, and Isabella, nine
The family was so popular, Mr Smith was able to give up his job as a builder to do social media full time. Above: Mr Smith and his children wear England shirts and face paint during Euro 2020
The Smithy Family: How a builder turned his partner and children into TikTok superstars
The Smithy Family first gained notoriety on TikTok during lockdown.
Father Nick Smith and his partner Jess shared funny videos of their children Amelia, six, and Isabella, nine.
Jess’ half-brother Jack, 16, also appears regularly in the videos, as does Nick’s son Ben, 13.
He launched the account when his daughter said he was ‘too embarrassing’ to appear on her TikTok so had to create his own.
Mr Smith – who has ADHD – used his regular posting schedule of around 15 videos per day to keep him focused and in a steady routine in lockdown.
The family was so popular, Mr Smith was able to give up his job as a builder to do social media full time.
They share clips of family life, along with sketches. Their TikTok bio reads: ‘Life’s what you make it so make it good.’
Mr Smith has not revealed how much the family earn, but admitted the income from their Facebook page alone is more than what he made as a builder.
The Smiths also use their platform to raise money for charity.
They collected £60,000 worth of gifts for the Salvation Army over Christmas.
They now have 2.5million followers on TikTok.
The family had decided to leave TikTok after the suspected arson attack, but have since rejoined the popular Chinese social media site.
The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation and released an image of a Fiat Punto, believed to be a Grande model, with a dent in the front-right wheel arch which may have been used in connection with the incident.
Detective Sergeant Danny Banks, from the Serious and Complex Investigations Unit, previously said: ‘A team of officers have been diligently working to establish the circumstances of this incident.
‘I thank everyone who has already come forward to police. We are now focusing our investigation on the car pictured and wish to identify it as soon as possible.
‘If you recognise it, please come forwards and speak to us. No piece of information is too small and could significantly help us in our investigation to establish who is responsible for this attack.
‘We ask that anyone with information relating to the car or the incident calls police on 101 or tweets @MetCC quoting CAD 8350/14July. It is vital we hear from you.’
After the Smithy Family’s car was set on fire, neighbours came to their aid, helping carry their two daughters and baby boy over the back garden fence to safety.
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze after London Fire Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 16 calls.
Sub Officer Tim Sammons, who was at the scene, said at the time: ‘We were called to reports of a car alight that had spread up the outside of the house.
‘There were a number of mobility scooters parked outside which had caught alight and were producing a large amount of smoke and flames.
‘Everyone was out of the building before we arrived, and crews worked incredibly hard to prevent further damage to the inside of the property and to neighbouring properties.
‘Our fire investigation dogs also attended to help identify any ignitable substances present.’
The Brigade was called at 22:56pm and the fire was under control by 12.30am. Fire crews from Bexley, Plumstead and Erith fire stations attended the scene.
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