Jo Cordock is struggling to find the words to thank the strangers who came to their house and made it a home.
Jo, 47, and daughter Lydia Webster , 12, both have a condition called EDS which gives them constant joint pain and means their joints dislocate easily, while Jo also has fibromyalgia which gives widespread pain.
She contacted Amy Garrod’s Squeaky Queens to clean her Pakenham home.
“I could only afford her to come once a week, but, unfortunately, the house had got on top of me,” said Jo. “Amy started and realised she wasn’t going to make a dent in it, but she was a member of a Facebook business group and approached them.”
As a result, Amy formed another group called Jo and Lydia’s Angels on Facebook and a Go Fund Me page.
The result was businesses stepping in to help, from small businesses wanting to give hands-on support to big ones like Tesco donating things.
Culford Waste gave a skip free of charge and one woman paid for Jo and Lydia to have a weekend at The Pickerel Inn, Ixworth. While they were there a web designer called Kelly, who is also a qualified hairdresser, did Jo’s hair.
Jo said: “These are complete strangers who have stepped forward to help. If it wasn’t for them we’d still be sitting in dust and dirt we couldn’t do anything about.
“Thank you are not big enough words – I really don’t have the words to thank them. They’re going to make a big difference to our lives. They’ve made our house into a home.
“I can potter around now. It’s helping me to do a little bit here and there because the rooms are so clear.”
Jo said the volunteers had hoped to have the entire job done last weekend but have been popping in all week to complete jobs.
Amy thanked those who helped, saying: “Can’t thank you all enough for your generosity. Such lovely people.”