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Workman Quotes Pensioner 'Cup Of Tea And A Chat' In Exchange For Work

Workman Quotes Pensioner 'Cup Of Tea And A Chat' In Exchange For Work

A kind-hearted workman built a step for a frail pensioner who had not used his front door for more than five years - in exchange for a cup of tea and a chat.

Lee Jackson was approached by OAP Robert North for a quote to build a step as he was having trouble getting in and out of his front door because of the big drop.

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Mr North is made up with his new step. Credit: SWNS
Mr North is made up with his new step. Credit: SWNS

When Robert, 80, asked how much the step would cost outside his semi-detached house, generous grafter Lee quoted him precisely one cup of tea and a chat. What a LAD.

Self-employed Lee, who runs LMJ Fencing and Decking, said: "I was working next door and he just came round to talk to me.

"He said he'd had a bit of fall the other week and asked for a price for a step outside his front door. I said, 'You're an 80-year-old man, you shouldn't be paying for it.'

"He had some bricks in his shed and I had some sand and cement in my van, so I said I would do the job for him for the price of a cup of tea and a natter."

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And have a chat and a brew they did. Credit: SWNS
And have a chat and a brew they did. Credit: SWNS

Lee, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, knocked up the 600mm x 300mm step in just over an hour using bricks, sand, cement and a paving slab.

After completing his good deed for the day on Wednesday 25 September, Lee then sat with Robert for a chinwag.

Lee Jackson with his kind-hearted handy work. Credit: SWNS
Lee Jackson with his kind-hearted handy work. Credit: SWNS

Lee added: "He hasn't got a lot of family and I thought he could do with a chat. I thought if it was my granddad, I'd want somebody to do it for him.

"He was filling me in on what was happening in the rugby union world cup and telling me news I hadn't seen because I work through the day.

"He was great to talk to. He offered to go and buy the materials, but at 80, I thought he needs every penny he can get.

"I remember my grandparents at that age and they weren't well off, so there was no way I was going to let him pay for it."

Lee Jackson and Robert North bonding over a cup of tea. Credit: SWNS
Lee Jackson and Robert North bonding over a cup of tea. Credit: SWNS

It is not the first time Lee has offered his services for free to a person in need of help.

He added: "If I can do something to help someone, I'll do it. There's so much negativity these days, we need some positivity and we should help each other out where we can.

"A simple act of kindness can go a long way and really make a difference to people's lives."

Robert said he was happy with the step and grateful for Lee's generous gesture to do the work for free.

He explained: "I've been struggling to get in and out of the house for the last five years. The council put a handrail in, but it's a big drop to step down out of the door.

"I have had to use my back door and walk round. I struggled to get out of the house before, but it's a lot better now I have the step. I'm more mobile and I can get out of the house - and Lee has done a damn good job!"

Happy Tuesday, folks.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: uk news, Inspirational, Feels

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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