Army of volunteers come together to perform DIY SOS-style transformation for disabled Pakenham mum and her selfless daughter, 12

Jo Cordock and daughter Lydia Webster (12) are having their house in Pakenham made over after a plea

Jo Cordock and daughter Lydia Webster (12) are having their house in Pakenham made over after a plea on facebook. Jo and Lydia (front) are pictured with volunteers L-R: Kevin Abbott, Jenny Jones, Amy Garrod and Lee Kinglake. - Credit: Archant

The kindness of strangers has helped rejuvenate a disabled mum’s faith in humanity.

Jo Cordock, 47, and her daughter and registered carer Lydia Webster, 12, were becoming overwhelmed with mess and clutter at their Pakenham home.

Jo, a former Mencap carer, has been in constant pain since she was diagnosed at 35 with fibromyalgia.

Unable to clean their home, she saw it reach such a state they were forced to sleep together on a sofa as they could not even enter the bedrooms.

At the start of 2016 she called in cleaner Amy Garrod, of Squeaky Queen.


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Amy realised she could not do it on her own and put out an appeal on Facebook group Suffolk Business Stars.

Now, a flurry of volunteers are coming from as far afield as Woodbridge to clear the home and pay for a complete makeover. Homebase and Tesco have both made donations as well as Archway Carpets, in Bury St Edmunds.

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Jo said before this happened she felt “community spirit had gone out of the world”.

“I suppose it’s kind of rejuvenated my faith in human nature,” she said. “That there are still people out there who are willing to step forward and help is lovely.”

She said Amy walking through the door changed everything for her and Lydia, who is in Year 8 at Thurston Community College.

“She knows how grateful I am that she even thought of the idea in the first place. There’s not many people with as big a heart as she has got.”

Amy said: “I just looked at it and thought I’m not going to get anywhere. She was paying me and I felt it wasn’t even touching the surface. When she spoke to me her dream was to get her house in order but I wouldn’t have been able to do that on my own.”

The great clear out began around four weeks ago and Kevin Abbott, from KMA Property Maintenance in Bury St Edmunds, said it should be completed by the end of March.

Anyone who is able to help the group is welcome to call Amy on 07594 225892, Kevin on 07771 880034 or Lee Kinglake, of Ipswich House Clearance, on 07592 948523. Or you can donate here

Amy added they were particularly looking for anyone able to supply an orthopaedic mattress.

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