To the lovely people at Anglian Home Improvements.My daughter told me yesterday that we had to watch a programme on the telly last night, called something like, DIY SOS the Big Build ... because it would be featuring the folks from Anglian Home Improvements* helping with a big 'charity' renovation. The programme is similar in concept to the American tv show, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' but without the screaming and shouting of Ty Pennington.
The poor man that everyone clubbed in to help on this show, had FIVE children (one was a stepson) and he'd lost his young wife about a year earlier. She contracted cancer on her spine whilst she was pregnant with her fourth baby and was dead inside 8 months of being diagnosed.
The whole family (little ones ranging from a baby to a boy of about 8 or 9 years of age) were living in a two bedroomed home. No space, the dad had been sleeping on the couch for over a year. He had given up his job (he owned a trucking company before all the misfortune hit his family) to care full-time for his children and give them his undivided attention - trying in his way to help them come to terms with the loss of their mum. The dad, of course, hadn't had any chance to grieve, he just had to get on with it; yet he still found time to coach under 10 football.
The teams of volunteers, contractors (and of course, the folks from Anglian Home Improvements, who weren't really credited that much in the film) came in and turned the house into a six-bedroomed, spacious home. The massive back garden was transformed into a relaxation area, including a football pitch, Wendy house and activity/climbing area for the children. It was a wonderful effort and by the end of it both my daughter and I had swollen eyes from all the weeping.
Thanks AHI, I think ...
*she works for these people