Community spirit praised after SOS call

Graham Drury from Pocklington District Lions and volunteer John Barber have been helping out with the project.
Graham Drury from Pocklington District Lions and volunteer John Barber have been helping out with the project.

Members of Pocklington District Lions have been rolling up their sleeves – in response to a cry for help to decorate a flat for a young mother and her daughter.

And their president, Richard Knill, is full of praise for the community spirit shown by people in the area.

The SOS for help came from the child support group at East Riding Council and has resulted in the Lions being busy for over a week decorating the ground-floor flat off Chapmangate for the mum and her young child who suffers from a rare illness that requires constant care.

They agreed to help with this unusual request although normally they raise funds through a variety of events with the money then going to deserving causes.

Richard said: “We are not normally in the business of DIY SOS but our work is also about giving our time and that was the premise we worked on with regard to this particular project.”

He admitted that the work required has been much more than was originally anticipated “but we have just got on with it.”

The Lions approached the community for help via social media and Facebook in particular – and the response was “incredible”.

Richard said: “This is not just a Lions initiative. I put out a cry for help explaining the situation and over 12 hours we had 60 to 70 hits in response.”

People and businesses volunteered their time. “We have had a carpet fitter standing by to fit some carpets when the time is right at no cost,” said Richard.

There was a response from an electrician while another trader offered to do a deep clean.

Richard continued: “It has really restored my faith in human nature and we just want to thank all those who have offered to help in one form or another.

“It has been a big, big plus for the community spirit in Pocklington.” The project is expected to be completed next week.