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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Rita (96) raising the roof after builders fix her home for free

Rita Rafter was lost for words
Rita Rafter was lost for words

A 96-year-old granny was "lost for words" at the kindness shown by strangers after builders carried out construction work on her home for free.

Rita Rafter, who lives on North Circular Road in Dublin, was devastated when she was told to move out of her home almost two months ago.

It had been deemed unsafe to live in due to structural problems with the roof.

But following a Facebook campaign by her grandson Robbie Carey, Rita, who lives just doors from Croke Park, was inundated with offers to help.

Spending

This week, the Dublin woman moved back into her home after spending the last while living with her daughter, Carmel.

"It was lovely spending time at my daughter's but there is nothing like your own place and your own bed. I love my own bed," she said.

"I might start a new cooking course now that I have my new kitchen.

"I reckon the sacred heart sent the lads so I could stay at home."

Ms Rafter, who couldn't afford the repair costs herself, refused to allow her grandchildren and family to give her a helping financial hand, which inspired her grandson to launch the Facebook campaign.

Overwhelmed by the kindness shown, grandson Robbie said he wanted to thank everyone who helped.

Chuffed

"My nana is chuffed to be back and that's the main thing. And it all stemmed from one man's act of kindness. He went and made it safe off his own back," Robbie told the Herald.

Stephen O'Driscoll and Wayne Kelly of Ever Ready Building and Roofing Contractors carried out the good deed, but Robbie said a number of people got in touch with offers.

"They did a great job. They even insulated the place so needless to say old nana Rita is over the moon to be back in her own home again," he said.

"They're a great bunch of lads."

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