Reedham home being repaired to house Ukrainian refugees

Kennith Bogan

8:33 AM Might 22, 2022

A group of volunteers have teamed up to help ensure that eight Ukrainian refugees obtain a heat welcome in a Norfolk Broads village.

People from Reedham have joined forces to renovate a detached residence, as they look to make it in good shape for a spouse and children from the war-torn nation so they can live in it for up to three a long time.

(L-R) Ian Kennedy, David Hale and Grant Nurden are helping to retouch a house

(L-R) Ian Kennedy, David Hale and Grant Nurden are serving to to retouch a property which is likely to dwelling Ukranian refugees

– Credit score: Ella Wilkinson

Scores of volunteers have been working at the residence in the heart of the village after Broadland District Council gave it the go-in advance.

With cracked walls and some ceilings in the rooms of Nursery Dwelling needing repairs, the neighborhood effort is being led by Dr Tina Davey following she contacted the home’s owner Erika Lyons, from Herefordshire, and whose uncle and aunt had utilized to are living there.

Dr Davey, 54 – a medical professional in regulation – said: “When anything occurred in Ukraine I imagined I would like to provide a area to a Ukrainian refugee, but our residence is quite small and we would not have been equipped to deal with it.

Suzanne Webb is busy working on the home which is being done up to house refugees

Suzanne Webb is hectic performing on the house which is getting completed up to dwelling refugees

– Credit score: Ella Wilkinson

“And quickly it popped into my head Nursery Residence is sitting there vacant and I contacted its proprietor to see if they would be delighted to do everything.

“She was really eager to do it and that’s where it has really gone from.”

With some preliminary do the job having already been carried out at the dwelling, paint and enhance sessions took spot around the weekend ahead of a large clean upcoming weekend and then a last weekend of volunteer attempts to make it all set to reside in.

Dr Davey stated: “We had an electrician who has generously donated his time for free of charge and has dealt with all the electrics, but we however need the boiler sorted.

Gerald Hampson laying a new floor in the bathroom

Gerald Hampson laying a new flooring in the bathroom in a property which is staying redone to dwelling Ukranian refugees

– Credit history: Ella Wilkinson

“We experienced a retired surveyor come in and say it was alright aside from what we are carrying out this weekend – filling cracks and painting as there are heaps of cracks.

“I have acquired about 28 volunteers that have stated they want to get associated in the weekends as they all want to do some thing to aid.

“We are hoping to come across just one prolonged family members”, Dr Davey included.

“Erika is in get in touch with with a Ukrainian charity that will help to household substantial family members.

“The point we are really struggling with is finding beds and mattresses, duvets that variety of stuff.”

The challenge is staying supported by Mark Porter, a renovation professional who runs Artius Interiors and has donated items and operate time.

Anybody who wishes to enable can electronic mail Dr Davey at [email protected] or uncover out a lot more on the Facebook website page Reedham Village Ukraine Aid Team.

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