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Pear Stairs looks back on TV show contribution

01-04-2018 11:33 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

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Before and after pictures of the derelict staircase which Pear Stairs replaced free of charge for TV show DIY SOS: The Big Build

Before and after pictures of the derelict staircase which Pear Stairs replaced free of charge for TV show DIY SOS: The Big Build

Staff at staircase manufacturer Pear Stairs enjoyed a trip down memory lane over the Christmas period, when one of the most memorable episodes of DIY SOS: The Big Build aired again on the BBC.
The company is always keen to play an active part in the community and help worthy causes where possible - so there was great interest when the BBC repeated a particularly poignant episode of its flagship home improvement show DIY SOS: The Big Build, for which Pear Stairs supplied and installed a staircase.
The programme featured Joe Grafton, a widowed ex-firefighter, and his seven-year-old daughter Lucy, who were sharing a tiny caravan in the garden of their semi-derelict cottage in Hopesay, south Shropshire, following a series of tragedies which left them in desperate straits.
After Joe's wife died suddenly he was left to continue the renovation of their home alone, but with few resources as a severe back injury had recently forced him to give up the job he loved. However, disaster struck when a stream was discovered under the foundations. The property was left an empty shell, with only half a staircase, bare walls, no kitchen, bathroom or bedrooms, and nowhere for Lucy to play.
But the local community came together, and concerned neighbours wrote to DIY:SOS for help. TV presenter Nick Knowles and an army of volunteers swept in and completed all the refurbishment works, inside and out, in just nine days. They even persuaded Severn Trent to install a mains water supply so Joe wouldn't have to keep using the old well.
The team at Pear Stairs were only too pleased to help the project by designing, constructing and fitting a smart new wooden staircase free of charge to replace the old stairs, which were partly missing and too dangerous to use. At last, the upper floor could be reached without a stepladder!
Joe's reaction was extremely moving, and ample reward for all the hard work involved.

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Pear Stairs is a staircase designer and manufacturer based in Mid Wales, but delivering to the whole of the UK. Founded in 1895, it is part of the Boys & Boden group of companies.

Pear Stairs
Mill Lane
SY21 7BL

Tel: +44 (1983) 335511


Manager: Jamie Bocking

Press contact: Vicky Fisher, email

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