A home for a family in need

FOR Lydia Hunter, donating a kit home to a family who lost everything is the least she could do.

Lydia Hunter is digging deep and donating an entire house of theirs to flood victims who have lost everything in the area.

She said those who didn't have a house or insurance could benefit from their kit home, or pre-fabricated dwelling they were originally planning to live in.

But it has been sitting in their yard after two years after their living plans changed and it is still in good shape.

“We were originally going to sell it,” she said.

“All the internal walls are there as well as doors and windows, and they just need to be bolted together like a Mecano set.

“You can replace homes but you can't replace lives – that's what counts.

“It is only small but it is a start for someone.”

Lydia is also calling for someone with a suitably-sized truck to shift the dwelling to people when council has approved the dwelling for the new owners.

“Hopefully it is a swift process and there is no red tape,” she said.

“There is also insulation for walls, roofing, guttering and downpipes, but no insulation for the roof.

“We are seeking donations for contractors to come in and deck the whole place out,” she said.

Lydia said she was speaking to a Grantham resident who said many locals wanted a memorial park to be built to honour those lives lost.

“We have already helped them out by donating all our old clothes to the evacuation centre. It is the least we could do.”


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