Nursery build boost

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.

The building – being rented by Ackworth couple Steven and Maya McCormack in the hope of transforming it into a nursery for children with serious and complex conditions – has a long list of adjustments that must be made to make it suitable for disabled children.

Dominic Pickard, 38, of D.P Surfacing Ltd, completed the first vital building job and created a ramp allowing disabled access into the building – all free of charge – after reading about the charity in the Express.

The work carried out by Dominic, with the help of his friends and dad, Jeff Pickard, has saved the charity almost £3,000 – a figure that was given to Steven as a quote for the building work.

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 Steven, Maya and Laila 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.

D.P. Surfacing Ltd is just one of many businesses that have come forward to help support the Laila Milly Foundation.

Marks & Spencer, with charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, gave learning equipment to the family to help 11-month-old Laila’s development.

Laila’s condition means that she can experience 20 epileptic seizures each day, has no independent mobility, and has impaired sight and hearing. The specialist fibre optics and projector equipment will give Laila a colourful stimuli, provide a calming environment, and she will be able to interact with the fibre optic strands.

Tracy Vessey, Pontefract M&S manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide the equipment to Laila. Our partnership with Newlife is not only great for the environment, as it means no waste goes to landfill, but it also helps to improve the lives of disabled children by providing much-needed specialist equipment.”

Bar Fusion at Xscape is also supporting the campaign and will be collecting donations on the door and in the bar from 9pm on Saturday February 26.