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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Seaton woman is overwhelmed by surprise house makeover

A Seaton woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September was overwhelmed by the kindness of friends and strangers who helped her return home for Christmas and New Year.

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BACK HOME: Christine Fisher, right, and daughter Jacqueline, who helped arrange for the house to be refurbished, with friends rallying round to do the work

Christine Fisher, who celebrates her 64th birthday today, was admitted to hospital in September and told she had three to six months to live.

While she was in hospital, her daughter Jacqueline, 43, and Jacqueline’s partner Richard Dover, 59, decided to spruce up her house for her return.

But they got more than they bargained for, finding plaster falling off the upstairs walls and ceiling and dry rot in floorboards and skirting boards.

Friends and local companies rallied round to help, providing labour and goods to do up the house, on Barncroft Avenue.

They painted walls, laid carpets and brightened the house for Christine’s return.

The room with dry rot was too big a project to do themselves and the work was held up because of a delay in repairs being arranged, and subsequent work needed doing.

But, after 10 weeks away, firstly in hospital and then in respite care at Rosecroft and Stilecroft care homes, Christine came home on Christmas Eve and was amazed by the transformation.

She said: “I walked into the house and started crying. It was a pigsty before. I’d say it’s seven years since I’ve had a stair carpet down. I walked into my bedroom and it was like walking into a palace.

“I can’t thank the people who’ve helped enough. We’d have been nowhere without Richard’s friends and the companies that helped. Richard and Jacqueline have been great.

“I’m really pleased. I want to thank everybody who’s given a hand because if it hadn’t been for them I’d have still been in a home.”

Companies that helped included GC Flooring Contractor, Jewsons and Jeff Taylor.

Jacqueline said: “It’s nice to see her back and to have the house as a 21st century house.”

The family would also like to thank the care homes that provided respite support for Christine.

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