A step in the right direction for lady who was struggling to get into her house

Lovell Homes who are working on the Gallus Fields site in Northrepps built a step up to the front do

Lovell Homes who are working on the Gallus Fields site in Northrepps built a step up to the front door for Susan Swann for free. Pictured from left Dave Betts, Susan Swann and Nick Wren. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

'Can we fix it? Yes we can!' is the familiar refrain of Bob the Builder. And now it has been taken up by workers at a north Norfolk construction site.

The result of the work done by Lovell Homes in Northrepps on Sue Swanns new set of steps. Picture: M

The result of the work done by Lovell Homes in Northrepps on Sue Swanns new set of steps. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

For the Lovell staff decided to step in to rebuild the doorstep of a near-neighbour who is recovering from breast cancer and a hip replacement.

The voluntary act came when Sue Swann, from Foundry Lane, Northrepps, approached builders on the Lovell Homes Gallus Fields site nearby, to ask for a breeze block to bolster her step. But they went a few steps further – offering to give it a makeover.

Mrs Swann, 56, was until recently walking using two crutches. The step up to her front door was difficult for her to climb, so she approached the builders.

She said: 'I was given a block for free and when Nick carried it over and saw my step he said that if he had anyone free he would send someone over to see if they could build me something better.

'I could not believe it when less than an hour later, workmen were measuring up to do the job and then built two steps which have helped me so much.

'I cannot thank the team at Lovell Homes enough for what they have done for me.'

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Nick Wren, 37, the deputy site manager, said: 'We saw Susan coming over to us, struggling on her crutches, and she asked to buy a breeze block.

'We straight away said there was no need and that we would make a new set of steps for her free of charge.

'It was just a little bit of effort that has made a big difference and helped someone out.'

Mrs Swann was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has since had a mastectomy. The cancer triggered pain in her back and also resulting in her needing a hip replacement.

Mrs Swann, a cashier for TSB in Holt, added: 'It is just one step but to me it makes all the difference. After the year I have had it really made me feel better.

'They also said that they were over there for the next year if I needed anything else from them. I cannot believe that in this day an age such kindness still exists.'

Lovell Homes started building 40 houses in March last year on Church Street and the work is set to be completed at the end of next year.