Trades­men flock­ing to fin­ish Lee’s house

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

AN ap­peal to find trades­men to help put the fin­ish­ing touches on a re­treat in mem­ory of mur­dered sol­dier Lee Rigby has been in­un­dated with sup­port.

The fam­ily of Fusilier Rigby, from Mid­dle­ton, are in the process of cre­at­ing a re­treat for be­reaved ser­vice fam­i­lies, in mem­ory of the young sol­dier who was killed in 2013.

Lee Rigby House is al­most com­plete and is ex­pected to wel­come its first fam­i­lies later this year.

Many trades­men have al­ready of­fered their ser­vices free of charge, in­clud­ing Keith Law­son, who runs his own blind firm and has do­nated the blinds for the first phase of the pro­ject.

On one of his lat­est vis­its, Keith no­ticed there were only three peo­ple work­ing on the site at the time.

It in­spired him to take to so­cial me­dia, to ap­peal for other skilled peo­ple to come for­ward to help com­plete the pro­ject.

Within 24 hours, Keith and his wife Kym were in­un­dated with mes­sages from peo­ple in a va­ri­ety of trades, all of­fer­ing to vol­un­teer their prod­ucts and skills free of charge.

The cou­ple would still love to hear from any­one else who would like to of­fer sup­port, es­pe­cially as two more phases of the re­treat will be built in fu­ture.

They are hop­ing to hear from tilers, bath­room fit­ters, land­scap­ers, dec­o­ra­tors and labour­ers in par­tic­u­lar, as well as any firms who can give ma­te­ri­als for the later phases.

The Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion is also ap­peal­ing to any­one who can help sup­ply cur­tains, bed­room and liv­ing room fur­ni­ture, wooden floor­ing, a dining room ta­ble and chairs, land­scap­ing, paving, du­vets, kitchen equip­ment and cut­lery and crock­ery.

Keith says he hopes the work of the foun­da­tion and the house will be­come the legacy by which peo­ple re­mem­ber Lee, rather than the hor- rific way in which he lost his life.

He said: “It will be nice if we can re­mem­ber Lee for the hand­some young chap and much loved hus­band, fa­ther and son he was and that when peo­ple think of Lee, it’s with a smile on their face.

“We’ve had some amaz­ing of­fers from all over the coun­try. It’s been ab­so­lutely won­der­ful and quite emo­tional.”

Any­one who can help should con­tact the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion on ad­min@leerig­by­foun­da­ or head of­fice on 01538 702949. Con­tact Keith on 07811 143793.

The Lee Rigby House is al­most ready to open to fam­i­lies and, in­set, Keith Law­son

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