Enable 16: “they made a smashing job”

11th October 2017

A very heartwarming report from our latest Enable project!

Janette was referred to us via a member of staff at St Leonards Hospice day unit. She needed work done on her garden as she is too poorly to do it herself and can’t afford to pay someone.

Our young lodgers Callum, Luke and Kiaran volunteered to help. They worked really hard, cutting and strimming the grass, cutting the hedge, weeding the flower beds and clearing away ivy and weeds from the footpath, all the while chatting to Janette.

The young people showed great consideration as they worked.  Gary Hogg, SASH Active Coordinator, reported: “Callum even disappeared into the house when we were clearing away to wash up the mugs and glasses as he was concerned about Janette doing too much!”

Janette was asked for some feedback on how the project went, and she wrote this:

“…they did a splendid job, they just got on with what they needed to do, plus helped me make a cuppa as my breathing is bad so I was unable to make and take them all.

I could not have managed without their help, and I think it is a fantastic charity who do this for nothing at all.  It only took them a few hours to finish and they made a smashing job, I so appreciate their help.

So to Callum, Luke and Kiaran, thank you so much for your help, it won’t be forgotten. It’s so lovely of you three to give up your time to help someone like me.

I hope you all endeavour to reach your own goals in the future.”

Alice Walker, 60+ Housing Specialist at City of York Council,  read the letter to the three lads when they were driving away.

They were all sat in the back of the car beaming.  They said that they had really enjoyed themselves and felt proud that there were able to help somebody who really needed it.

Huge thanks and well done to Luke, Callum and Kiaran to helping to make such a difference!