A call has gone out to kind-hearted tradesmen who are willing to use their skills to help a South Tyneside army veteran.
Lee Devany, who set up Homes for Heroes, has made the plea in a bid to create a more “comfortable home” for ex-soldier Carl Simpson, his wife Holly and their four children.
The ex-Royal Artillery soldier – who served in the Army for 11 years, including a tour of Iraq – suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, leaving him unable to work, and he suffers severe bouts of depression.
With only half of their South Shields home decorated, Mr Devany is hoping to help the couple to repair and revamp it in time for Christmas.
It is also hoped by sorting out the bedroom, which has yet to be decorated, it will create a place of escape for Carl whenever he needs time on his own.
Work has already started on the property in South Shields, thanks to kind-hearted volunteers who have donated their time and their skills for free.
What we are hoping to do is to make it a place where he can go and relax.Lee Devany
However, before the team is able to decorate, it needs to plaster the walls of the bedroom, hall and stairs.
It is calling on kind-hearted plasterers who would be willing to give a few hours of their time this weekend to help.
Mr Devany said: “When they moved into the home they quite rightly spent their time and money on doing up the kids’ bedrooms, the living room and kitchen.
“Carl, with his condition, spends a lot of time on his own in the bedroom and he sees that as his retreat – but with the way it is, it is not much of a one.
Rooms For Heroes has been set up to help veterans of our Armed Forces in the North East of England.
The idea was developed following the recent programme DIY SOS, where a full street was transformed to give something back to those who have risked their lives to protect ours.
If anyone is able to offer their time or would like to add their name to the database of volunteers, they can call 07796 991939 or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoomsForHeroes.
People can donate to the cause by visiting https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/lee-devany