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DIY boss transforms employee's family home

Created: 18/05/2016

A DIY boss and a team of 50 builders secretly transformed an employee’s home after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.


When Keith Ellick was diagnosed, his boss Addam Smith wanted to do something to lift his spirits, so he rounded up plumbers, builders, gardeners and local handyman services to help construct Keith’s dream home.


Mr Smith made a Facebook page calling for tradesmen from up and down the country to give a helping hand to achieve something memorable for Keith ready for when he returned from a family chalet holiday.


His boss gave up days off and evenings to redecorate and transform Keith’s house into a home, installing new flooring, a new kitchen and a bathroom. He also managed to decorate the lounge and landscape the back garden of the terraced house.


When Mr Ellick returned from his family holiday he was stunned by the transformation. Talking to the Daily Mail, he said: “The house looked like a show home inside. I can’t thank Addam and everybody else enough. We are truly humbled by what they have done for us.”


Addam, who runs his own landscaping business, was said to be devastated after learning of Keith’s cancer diagnosis and of his employee’s concerns about his family’s future once he passed away. As for this, Addam wanted to do something that would set his family up for the future.


Addam Smith commented: “One of the first things he said was, ‘I haven’t even got enough money for a funeral’. He wasn’t worried about himself, he was worried about his family.”


Mr Smith spent weeks compiling a list of sources who could provide free materials for the DIY cause, contacting local companies before conducting the transformation over the Easter break.


A funding page set up by Addam has now raised more than £29,000, with the aim of reaching £100,000 to help the family buy their council-owned home outright. 


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