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A young widow was trying to raise her teenage daughter alone.  Their house was in a state of disrepair, the garden overrun.  The community workers had no one else to ask for help.  Very simply the family were overwhelmed and finding it hard to cope.


Inside, the team were able to paint the hall, stairs and landing at the home and prepare the bathroom for decorating – something the mum and daughter felt able to take on.  The team also painted a few ceilings in the house whilst the rest of the group weeded the garden and prepared a space for the family to grow more vegetables.  The mum and daughter were exceptionally grateful for the work carried out.

Another mother and her three children who had to flee their own country in fear of their lives, were given £70 by the Local Authority to decorate their three storey council house. The home was in a generally poor decorative state.

The team were able to help by decorating the family’s hall, stairs, landing, living room and two bedrooms for free.  They were also able to locate a source of cheap carpet for the family and secure some much needed free furniture.  The family were overwhelmed by the practical support given by the group of volunteers.

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