Kind-hearted volunteers have restored an urban oasis for elderly people in Sheffield – just in time for the sunshine.
Last month, The Star appealed for help after communal gardens of sheltered accommodation in Sheffield were hit by severe weather.
Gale force winds cracked gnomes and ornaments and blew a summer house across the grass at Callow Mount in Newfield Green.
A cry for help was issued by Julie Owen, aged 55, whose parents Muriel and Charles are among those who use the summer house for activities, socialising and sitting and admiring the outdoors.
And warm-hearted Sheffielders were happy to help.
Julie said: “We didn’t have the funds to fix it because it was donated in the first place.
“We got a big response just from what went in The Star.
“People were really keen to help.”
An army of volunteers from construction company Kier and High Point Scaffolding devoted a day to re-erect the structure.
Kier has promised to return and cement the summer house, to ensure it can withstand windy weather in the future.
Landscapers have also offered to spruce up the garden area in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile Callow Mount residents – the oldest of whom is 101 – are now able to bask in the warm glow of spring sunshine in their little slice of paradise once more.
Julie, of Newfield Green, said: “They were all sitting in it in the sunshine at the weekend.
“The garden is still looking a bit tatty – there are still broken gnomes around and the grass is a bit of a mess.
“However, hopefully we’ll be getting it all sorted soon enough.”
“It was so nice for the older people there to see that the rest of the community came out to help them.
“Hopefully, once they’ve come out and cemented the summer house down, it won’t blow away again.”