Offers leave homeless family overwhelmed

Guy and Katie Wakeling with their children Martha and Jacob
Guy and Katie Wakeling with their children Martha and Jacob
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A couple who say they were made homeless by botched building work have been overwhelmed by offers of help.

Katie and Guy Wakeling have been unable to live in their bungalow near Preston for the past four months after spending their life-savings of £25,000 on a dormer extension branded “a disaster” by a building inspector.

But, since their story was featured in the Evening Post at the weekend, family, friends and total strangers have been rallying round to offer a glimmer of hope.

“We’ve had tradespeople volunteering to give their labour free to help put things right,” said Katie. “Donations have been coming in after my brother set up an appeal page (www.gofundme.com/MarthaandJacob). It’s been overwhelming and has restored our faith in people. We can’t thank everyone enough.”

The couple’s plight made the national press and attracted interest from TV bosses at Good Morning Britain who were planning to broadcast live from the house in Middle Hey, Much Hoole today.

Katie’s brother Graham Chadwick said: “I set up the page to help them out thinking we might raise £50 or £100, but the response has been incredible. People have been so kind and it has all gone a bit crazy.”