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‘Angels’ step in to turn disabled mother and daughter’s Pakenham house back into a home




Jo Cordock and daughter Lydia Webster with some of the 'angels' who they say have made their house a home ANL-160221-184039009
Jo Cordock and daughter Lydia Webster with some of the 'angels' who they say have made their house a home ANL-160221-184039009

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.

Amy Garrod of Squeaky Queens gets some of the clutter sorted out to make the rooms more accessible for Jo and Lydia ANL-160221-183921009
Amy Garrod of Squeaky Queens gets some of the clutter sorted out to make the rooms more accessible for Jo and Lydia ANL-160221-183921009

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.

Tesco community champion Lynda Osborn back up her store's generosity by turning up to lend a hand ANL-160221-184011009
Tesco community champion Lynda Osborn back up her store's generosity by turning up to lend a hand ANL-160221-184011009

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.”



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