Beatles friends and fans are rallying through an online Go Fund Me fundraiser to help Beatles fan Ken Barker, who may lose his home unless he comes up with enough money by Sept. 28. The campaign was the idea of Matt Adams, a friend of Barker’s, he told Beatles Examiner Aug. 27.
“Ken’s house is in foreclosure now. (The) actual papers were served on Tuesday,” Adams said. “I was hoping to raise what he needs to finish paying it off by the end of the month before they officially served the foreclosure. We knew it was coming.
“He bought the house in 2001 and it would have been paid off in another 18 months if he had not gotten so behind. He just hired an attorney who will help him navigate it and stall it so he can hopefully raise the last $6,000 he needs to pay it off and the house is his. His credit is wrecked from serious health issues and the massive bills that go along with it (and) he has no health insurance.” Barker was a vendor at Fests for Beatles Fans for 20 years. He and his wife Laura also have been involved in rescuing pets for 30 years.
“I have known Ken for at least 30 years. He now has a lot of health issues and has been unable to find real work because of his health and age. The house is all he has. If he loses it, he’ll really have nothing. I could not just shrug my shoulders and not try to help him,” Adams says.
The campaign has picked up endorsements from two names familiar to Beatles fans – Angie McCartney, Paul’s former step mom, and her daughter Ruth McCartney, and Nancy Lee Andrews, former girlfriend to Ringo Starr.
“I have known Ken Barker for many years,” Angie McCartney told Beatles Examiner. “We originally met when I was attending a Home Shopping Network taping with Louise Harrison, and he was at the same studio. Since then, we have worked together on various Beatles related events, including filming a documentary in England. He and Ruth interviewed such people as Cynthia Lennon, Bob Wooler, Neil Innes of The Rutles, etc., and visited West Malling Airfield, the site where ‘I am The Walrus’ was filmed, and was being demolished. They even came away with some of the stones which finished up in someone’s garden shed in Liverpool.
“We were so shocked and saddened to read of Ken’s plight, being on the verge of losing his home, following his severe health problems. He is as much worried about what will happen to his animals as he is about potentially being homeless. That’s why Ruth and I have posted on our Facebook pages to hopefully encourage Beatle fans to donate, even a few dollars, pennies, quids, euros, anything at all. All of this stress can’t be helping his health.”
And Nancy Lee Andrews told Beatles Examiner, “ I am supporting raising money for Ken Barker. He has been a good friend to me and so many others that he deserves all the help he can get from us. It’s sad that so many people who have had extreme surgeries find themselves still fighting for their lives because of lack of funds to survive an ordeal.”
Adams says they have less time to raise money than they initially thought. They had expected the bank to serve the foreclosure on Aug. 31 based on the letter the mortgage company sent to pay the amount demanded before they would actually serve the foreclosure. But, Adams said, “Ken was served with the foreclosure on Tuesday, Aug. 25,” which happened to be the day before his birthday. Barker will meet with an attorney this coming Monday and get more of an idea of where things stand, but Adams says Barker will need $12,000 by Sept. 28. As of now, the site has raised only about half that amount.
“I felt someone had to do something,” Adams said. “It has given Ken and Laura hope. They have no real family. I decided helping them save the house is the one thing that will truly help them. If they lose it, I doubt they’ll be able to recover from it.”