Wednesday 17 January 2018

Local trader offers to install heating system in elderly woman's house for free

Inset: Mick, left, Keith Skelly, right.
Inset: Mick, left, Keith Skelly, right.
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

After reading about the fundraiser to secure central heating for an elderly Meath woman, a local trader has offered to install the heating system for free for the woman.

Mick Keddy, of Michael Keddy heating and plumbing in Tallaght, contacted with a generous offer after reading the article about an elderly woman who relied on a coal fire to heat her home.

Mick spotted the article on Facebook, and he told that he messaged the organiser "straight away saying I would do the installation free of charge".

"I'd like to tell her... leave it with me for a week or two, see what I can come up with... go to the suppliers and try to get the materials, they to get them sponsored. The more you ask, the better".

Mick says the woman's story touched him. "I'd hate to see an 83-year-old shovelling coal in and out... in this day and age, no-one should have to do that".

"It takes me a week to do a job for her, it's only a few days out of my life but it will make her life handy for the rest of her days".

"What goes around comes around".

"Life's been good to me... if I can help someone, it's no bother to me at all".

Mick contacted organiser Keith Skelly to offer his services but hasn't connected with him yet.

136 people have donated over $3,500 towards the $7,500 goal over the last six days. Over 1,000 people have shared the campaign on Facebook.

Skelly updated the page two days ago writing that the campaign had received "amazing feedback" along with offers of work and discounted materials.

"A huge thank you to all who have donated & to the many emails I have received with advice and offers of work for free from trades men".

Keith Skelly from Ashbourne set up the page to raise funds for a central heating system for his elderly neighbour Patricia(83), who relies on an open fire to heat her home.

"To heat her house... she has to get up in a cold house get dressed go out to her back yard to fill and carry a bucket of coal in to her living room & start a fire".

He wrote that while he tries to help her as much as he can, when he can't be there his "heart breaks to think of her straining to constantly keep a fire burning".

Skelly says that the fundraiser is a last resort, having "applied for all types of grants... (and) been met with a lot of empty promises".

The campaign reached 20% of its funding goal in just one day.

'Generosity' is a site by popular fundraising site Indiegogo, focusing on raising money for people in need rather than projects.

Read more: Kind neighbour launches fundraiser to help 83-year-old woman afford central heating

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