Out of the goodness of his heart, a caring young man in West Midlands, England, has been going the extra mile to fix elderly people’s damaged fences in times of extreme weather. He does the work for free, only asking his senior customers for “a cuppa tea and some biscuits.”
The considerate initiative all started when Jon Horne, the 22-year-old owner of Solihull-based Midlands Fencing and Aggregates, fixed up an elderly woman’s broken fence one weekend in October 2018.
The elderly lady, Pat, called Midlands Fencing and Aggregates after Storm Callum blew down three fence panels.
“I went out to take a look within an hour as she was quite distressed and worried about the security at her home,” Horne wrote on his business’s Facebook page.
Seeing how worried Pat was, the helpful Walsall Wood resident repaired her fence on the same day. When she asked how much the service was, he said on the spur of the moment—“nothing.”
Due to some of today’s work being rained off as we were meant to be installing a driveway and cannot do so in the rain,…
Grateful, Pat offered Horne a cup of tea in return for the free repair.
In a short conversation, Pat went on to explain “how she struggled to keep on top of her bills but the fence repair was a must.”
“I can’t believe some of the older generation are in a situation where they have to decide whether to be warm or in this case have a secure fence,” Horne wrote.
A young fencer is helping elderly people in the community by repairing their damaged fences for free.Jon Horne started offering the service after visiting a senior citizen who had to 'decide whether to be warm or have a secure fence'.Find out more about his story: https://bit.ly/2CRLHt4
Posted by ITV Central on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Pat wasn’t the only senior that would be affected by the approaching stormy weather, which is why Horne decided to offer his fencing service free of charge to “any senior citizens who are struggling” in bad weather.
Instead of requesting a fee, all he asks for is “a cuppa tea and some biscuits.”
“My company is at a size where i can give a little back, and that’s what i intend to do,” stated Horne, who established his own business at the age of 17.
“Please spread the word so our elderly aren’t worried about security this winter.”
As Horne put it, he’s “not rich,” but he’s happy to pitch in his time and resources to help the elderly wherever he can, because “when I’m elderly I hope there are companies who can do the same.”
Horne’s post went viral, garnering over 122,000 reactions, with some stepping up to offer help.
“Hi, I am a carpenter and would like to help when I can. I am very busy with home renovation as well as work at the moment but please contact me if you are doing a free repair and if I can come and help, I will,” one user wrote.
Another commented, “I am so moved by this story … And would love to help. .. Would you maybe think of opening a ‘GOFUNDME’ page so we can contribute to your wonderful drive.”
Taking his kind initiative a step forward, Horne opened up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to finance his philanthropic project after receiving more than 1,500 messages—over 500 from the elderly—and from families and people in distress in different circumstances, requesting him to repair their fences.
“Reading messages like we have received today makes you realize how privileged you are to have your health and loved ones an [sic] also upsets you to see the situations some people are currently in,” he wrote.
Yesterday i had a call from an elderly lady who had 3 fence panels blow down in the bad weather. I went out to take a…
“We would love to help everyone who has messaged us but it’s physically impossible. We have set up a crowd funding page for anyone who would like to donate to help us help others.”
Even without any donations, he pledged to help at least 8–12 elderly people per month. A positive response to the donation drive saw Horne having raised more than 2,700 pounds (approx. US$3,470), exceeding his 1,000-pound (approx. US$1,285) target.
Because of Horne’s generosity, he’s been lauded a “true British gent” by one woman on the GoFundMe page. Keep up the good work, Horne! Let’s hope this heartwarming story will inspire more businesses to get involved in charitable work.