Handy­man Matthew re­stores benches for free

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town Coun­cil looked lo­cal to help re­store two benches.

They turned to handy­man Matthew San­ders, 37, to re­fur­bish the seat­ing at the junc­tion of Churchill Way and Ch­ester­gate. But when Matthew, who runs Mac­cles­field Do­mes­tic Ser­vices, heard one of the benches was a me­mo­rial to Carl David Neild, he of­fered to fix it for free.

Pete Turner, clerk of Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil said: “We have a lot of benches and street fur­ni­ture in the town and for a while I have been try­ing to es­tab­lish a scheme of re­pair, re­place­ment and main­te­nance.

“I con­tacted a few com­pa­nies to get quotes and Matthew was so proac­tive and help­ful. He re­fused to charge for the me­mo­rial bench, which I think shows a high de­gree of in­tegrity.

“The end re­sult is ex­cel­lent and I’m al­ready talk­ing to Matthew about some more re­pairs in the town.”

Matthew, a sin­gle dad who lives on Moss Lane, set up the busi­ness ear­lier this year af­ter los­ing his job.

He said: “It was re­ally nice to hear from passers by how much they ap­pre­ci­ated that the town coun­cil was re­pair­ing the benches and that they val­ued my work.”

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