Kind hearted volunteers and generous companies have combined to assist an East Midlands project in giving a long-term unoccupied home a new lease of life for soldiers returning from conflict.
Derby electrician Tim Cox launched the Home for a Hero project, in conjunction with Derventio Housing trust, a charity which supports homeless people, because he was upset at how soldiers were treated when coming home from overseas.
He was astounded at the amount of assistance the scheme has attracted from friends, family, tradesmen and businesses that have rallied to the cause – the first property was cleared and ready for renovation in just two days with 19 people pitching in!
And one of those companies, Liniar fabricator Midland Glass, was more than happy to do their bit for the commendable scheme.
Trading for more than 30 years, Midland Glass is a family-run firm operating in Derby out of 10,000 square foot premises and serving the whole of the midlands.
Priding itself on manufacturing high quality products, Midland was the first fabricator in the region to gain Liniar Approved Fabricator status.
John Walker, Midland Glass Production Manager, explains how they became involved in the project: “A good customer of ours, Chris Chatburn of UPVC Specialist, approached us and asked if we could offer any help. They needed a door for the back of the property and once we heard what it was for, we were delighted to get involved.
“I watched the DIY SOS team on TV renovating homes for servicemen returning from action and found it very inspirational. How can you not want to help such a worthy cause?”
John approached Terry Grant, Regional Sales Director at Liniar, to ask if they would be willing to provide any assistance.
“We were only too pleased to be able to do our bit towards such an admirable development,” said Terry. “We credited the cost of the profile necessary for Midland Glass to manufacture the door without a second thought.
“These youngsters put their lives on the line for Queen and country and often come home to nothing, not even a roof over their heads. It’s shameful really and projects like this should be fully supported so we can give something back to these heroes.”
Midland Glass manufactured and supplied the white half-glazed PVCu door for free, contributing to the finished project that will be become home for two Derby soldiers who will be selected with the help of the Royal British Legion.
The project was able to get off the ground after Tim Cox was introduced to the chief executive of Derventio, Sarah Hernandez. The trust locates properties to manage for landlords and landladies while charging a low rent and is now looking for more properties that could be used by Home for a Hero.
For more information on Home for a Hero email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.