A big-hearted Bristol builder and a bunch of other generous tradesmen have come to the rescue of a pensioner whose home was trashed by conmen.
Sam Clothier, who runs his own building firm, saw the story of Dave’s run-in with rogue traders in the Bristol Post last month, and recognised him as his former neighbour.
He posted on Facebook, calling for other local tradesmen to help him fix up Dave’s living room, and was inundated with offers of help.
Carpenters, electricians, carpet fitters and plasterers - many of them Sam’s fellow Bristol City FC supporters - restored the room, and with so many hands on deck have even begun making improvements to another room.
Dave fell victim to dodgy dealers in August, when men knocked on his door and offered to do some work on his house.
When Dave asked them to fix a crack in the ceiling, they left the room in a mess, with plaster ripped off the wall and damage to the ceiling.
The police came and took fingerprints, and two arrests were later made.
Shocked by what had happened, neighbours set up an appeal to raise funds to replace Dave’s savings.
Neighbour Kevin McGough said: “Dave is one of the kindest, friendliest and thoughtful people you could hope to meet, and we can't let these people steal his savings and ruin his birthday.”
With his friends raising money to replace the cash he lost and local tradesmen spending their spare time restoring his house, Dave’s community has really come through. And his house may be left looking better than ever before.
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