Building blocks for community

18th Feb 2011'Dominic Pickard (of D.P.Surfacing LTD) will be building a disabled ramp at the site of the day nursery free of charge after reading about the campaign in the Express. 'Pictured: Dominic with Maya McCormac and Mark Bentham and Jamie Townend in the background.''Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
18th Feb 2011'Dominic Pickard (of D.P.Surfacing LTD) will be building a disabled ramp at the site of the day nursery free of charge after reading about the campaign in the Express. 'Pictured: Dominic with Maya McCormac and Mark Bentham and Jamie Townend in the background.''Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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A KIND-HEARTED builder used his skills and called on his contacts to provide a massive boost for the Laila Milly Foundation nursery project.

Dominic Pickard, 38, of D.P Surfacing Ltd, based at Cotton Croft, Hemsworth, created a ramp allowing disabled access to a building rented by Laila’s parents in the hope of transforming it into a nursery for children with serious and complex conditions.

This was the first of a long list of jobs and Mr Pickard is urging other builders to get involved.

He said: “If everyone just did their bit to help this project, it would be completed in no time.

“It is such a great cause and I just hope other builders see that their help is desperately needed.”

The work carried out by Mr Pickard, with the help of his f father Jeff and friends, has saved the charity almost £3,000.

Mr Pickard said: “My wife first saw the story in the paper and asked me if I could help with the building work. Having read that the disabled ramp could cost up to £3,000, I thought that I could build Laila’s parents a ramp free of charge.

“It was easy really, I just rallied round some friends in the building trade and they were all more than happy to contribute to such a good cause. You don’t know how lucky you are until you meet little Laila.

“It was great to be able to help with the work and good to know we’ve made a contribution. It would be even better if now other people in the community could help with the construction, however small, in any way they can, or give donations to the cause.”

Mr Pickard was helped by builder Robert Lunn, of Hemsworth, who donated bricks and mortar, Jamie Townend and Mark Bentham of J&M Builders, South Elmsall, who helped build the ramp, Paul Harvard, owner of Abcon Ready Mixed Concrete in Kinsley, who donated all the concrete, and Diane Whittaker, of Stephen Whittaker carpets in Hemsworth.

Laila’s condition means that she can experience 20 epileptic seizures each day, has no independent mobility, and has impaired sight and hearing.

To make a donation to the Laila Milly Foundation, send a cheque to Head Office, 24 Hayfield Way, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7RH, marked with ‘Hemsworth Wish’, or visit www.lailamilly foundation.org.uk.