Lads Fix Elderly People's Fences Free Of Charge After Storm Ciara
As Storm Ciara battered the UK, the majority of us did the sensible thing and spent as much time as possible indoors.
But two blokes from Denton, Manchester, heroically braved the elements to repair elderly people's fences - totally free of charge.
Adam O'Carroll, 23, and Tom Doherty, 28, are driveway specialists by trade, but when the former's own fence panel blew out over the weekend, the pair figured the same thing must have happened to many other people who are less capable of repairing the damage.
They subsequently posted on the Facebook page of their business, T&A Resin, calling out for people to get in touch if they knew an elderly resident whose fence panels had fallen out of place or broken during the storms.
The post has now been shared more than 6,000 times and their hunch that the powerful gusts would have damaged fences across the region has proven to be correct.
Since Sunday, the charitable chaps have helped to fix more than 50 fences across Tameside, fighting against the hostile weather in the process.
Adam said: "The Facebook post took off straight away, after one hour we got about 300 shares and by Monday we had 4,000. The phone has been going off non stop since Sunday.
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"Our usual job is weather dependent so we've been fixing the fences in between - it only takes about one minute to lift up the fence and slot it back in place. We wouldn't expect an elderly person to lift up a heavy fence panel by themselves, it takes a few people to do it.
"Sometimes the fences are broken beyond repair and we've had to prop it up for the meantime.
"There's a local fencing place that we recommend and then we offer to go back and fit the new panel for free. We've actually now been offered discounts by that place which is great."
But while Adam and Tom have provided their fence-fixing services completely free of charge, they have had their hearts warmed by some of the encounters they've had along the way.
"There's been some very touching stories so far - one lady said her parents are both ill, one with cancer, and other people we've helped have been disabled.
"Everyone's been really nice, offering us bacon butties and brews. Some actually offer to pay us and say they can't believe we're doing such a thing."
You could say, they were blown away. Top work LADs.
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