Apprentices take the time to offer a helping hand

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YOUNG apprentice construction workers took time out from a Sheffield building project to help elderly residents with odd jobs.

Apprentice builder Ryan Petch, aged 17, and trainee resident liaison officer Terry Kemp, 21, helped 75-year-old Pat Milner cut her grass and trim the garden hedge.

The lads, who work for builders Frank Haslam Milan, are working on the £2.2 million Sicey Pavilion Apartment project in Shiregreen.

But as part of Customer Service Week, which runs until tomorrow, staff have been encouraged to help residents in the area.

Ryan, who grew up in Shiregreen, said: “Having some time outside of the building site to help older people in Shiregreen has made me feel really good - like we’re putting something back into the community.

“We’re learning lots of new skills on the Sicey Avenue build which will help us in our careers - but we’re also using our time to help people with jobs they can’t do themselves.”

Mrs Milner, of Bellhouse Road, whose husband once worked as a bricklayer for Frank Haslam Milan, said: “I’m delighted the apprentice builders working in Shiregreen came and helped me make my garden tidy.

“My late husband was a builder for many years, and it’s lovely to see the company going above and beyond the call of duty to help people.”