At Pear Stairs we are always keen to play an active part in the community and help worthy causes where we can - so we were delighted when the BBC repeated a particularly poignant episode of their flagship home improvement show DIY SOS: The Big Build, for which we supplied and installed a staircase.

Originally shown in the autumn of 2016, the programme featured Joe Grafton, a widowed ex-firefighter, and his seven-year-old daughter Lucy, who were sharing a tiny caravan in the garden of their semi-derelict cottage in Hopesay, south Shropshire, following a series of tragedies which left them in desperate straits.

After Joe's wife died suddenly he was left to continue the renovation of their home alone, but with few resources as a severe back injury had recently forced him to give up the job he loved. However, disaster struck when a stream was discovered under the foundations. The property was left an empty shell, with only half a staircase, bare walls, no kitchen, bathroom or bedrooms, and nowhere for Lucy to play.

But the local community came together, and concerned neighbours wrote to the producers of DIY:SOS for help. TV presenter Nick Knowles and an army of volunteers swept in and completed all the refurbishment works, inside and out, in just nine days. They even persuaded Severn Trent to install a mains water supply so Joe wouldn't have to keep using the old well.

Lucy and Joe Grafton with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles

Our team at Pear Stairs were only too pleased to help the project by designing, constructing and fitting a smart new wooden staircase free of charge to replace the old stairs, which were partly missing and too dangerous to use. At last, the upper floor could be reached without a stepladder! Joe's reaction was quite a tear-jerker - read more about the episode here.

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