Wednesday 13 December 2017

OAP 'cried for two days' after builder offered to repair her roof for free

Roofer James Ormond and delighted grandmother May King (Colin O'Riordan)
Roofer James Ormond and delighted grandmother May King (Colin O'Riordan)

A Dublin pensioner said she "cried for two days" after a big-hearted builder offered to repair her roof for free.

James Ormond, from Neilstown, who owns RoofingandBuilding.ie, is carrying out the work for hard-up senior citizens in his community.

"I just wanted to give something back," he said.

"I thought about giving money to charity, but you hear of these big CEOs earning so much that I thought I would just help someone directly.

"I decided to ask my Facebook followers if they knew of anyone who was having a hard time and could use a bit of a hand fixing their roof or maybe needed some help with other jobs. I never expected it to go viral.

"Since January we've helped two people and we're due to start on our third next week."

Pensioner May King (78) said she "cried for two days" after James offered to repair the roof of her home in Ranelagh.

It was in such a bad state that the walls of her bedroom and bathroom had become damp.

"My granny May lives on her own and she has done so for 22 years since my granddad died," said Ms King's granddaughter, Lynn Cahill.

"She's always done everything for everyone.

"About 10 years ago problems starting popping up with her roof and the bathroom in the extension began to leak.

"Over the years the damp and mould drifted upstairs to the back bedroom, and the bathroom wall has become completely rotted.

"A few weeks ago I came across James' page on Facebook and I thought it was too good to be true that a builder would be offering to do something so kind.


"I nominated my granny, and all of my friends voted and supported her. I was so delighted when James rang and told us he would help us out. My granny and I cried our eyes out for two days."

James, whose next good deed begins next week, said it "feels great" to be able to help people who are struggling.

"The response has been unbelievable and the feeling that you're helping people like May is worth it," he said.

"Hopefully we can keep doing it for as long as possible."

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