Staircase manufacturing company Pear Stairs supplied a new staircase to help with the renovation of a semi-derelict cottage for a recently widowed firefighter and his young daughter.
Welshpool, United Kingdom, January 15, 2018 — Staff at UK staircase manufacturers Pear Stairs are are always keen to play an active part in the community and help worthy causes – so they were delighted when BBC Television repeated a particularly poignant episode of its flagship home improvement show DIY SOS: The Big Build, for which Pear Stairs supplied and installed a staircase. The programme featured Joe Grafton, a widowed ex-firefighter, and his seven-year-old daughter Lucy, who were sharing a tiny caravan in the garden of their semi-derelict cottage in Shropshire, following a series of tragedies which left them in a desperate situation. After Joe's wife died suddenly he was left to continue the renovation of their home alone, but with few resources as a severe back injury had recently forced him to give up the job he loved. However, disaster struck when a stream was discovered under the foundations. The property was left an empty shell, with only half a staircase and no kitchen, bathroom or bedrooms. But the local community came together, and concerned neighbours wrote to the producers of DIY SOS for help. TV presenter Nick Knowles and an army of volunteers swept in and completed all the refurbishment works in just nine days. The team at Pear Stairs were only too pleased to help the project by designing, constructing and fitting a smart new timber staircase free of charge to replace the old stairs, which were partly missing and too dangerous to use. At last, the upper floor could be reached without a stepladder! Joe's reaction was extremely moving as he thanked all the helpers – read more about the episode on the Pear Stairs website.
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