“I used to have two hot water bottles and a blanket over my legs when watching tv. I lived like that for 10 years because I couldn’t afford to finish the work. Now I have my house back thanks to Building for Humanity.
While working full time, Sarah from Camborne in Cornwall, started renovations to remove crumbling plaster on her 200-year-old home. However, tragedy struck and Sarah was involved in a life-changing accident.
Left unable to work and unable to pay for the renovations to be completed, Sarah was confined to a single downstairs room in her home.
She said: “It’s a very old, cold, damp house. The old rotting floor had been ripped up and the crumbling plaster had been taken off the walls and replaced with tarpaulin.”
A couple of years ago Sarah had central heating installed, running off gas bottles – but due to the integrity of the house it was too costly to run.
Sarah explained: “Any heat from the wood burner in the kitchen just escapes, and I couldn’t afford to keep replacing the gas bottles. The house was freezing. I was starting to believe that my house would be like this forever. It has been horrible living like that in those conditions.
“One day, I had a leaflet posted through my door from Building for Humanity. With nothing to lose, I called them about the internal and external wall insulation.
I couldn’t believe how simple the process was. On the same day I received the leaflet I called the team, went through a few simple questions to check my eligibility, and within days I was approved.
Just a few short weeks later, the workers arrived to carry out the improvements.