Builder's good deed sees him win trade hero award
KINDHEARTED builder John Simkins spent hours of his free time transforming the house where a diasbled boy lives.Â
Now his good deed has been recognised with an award and a Â£10,000 prize from a building supplies firm.Â
John Simkins, 57, was nominated for the Trade Hero category in the Building Better Communities awards, run by Jewson, by his wife Michaela.
She had seen first-hand the effortÂ John had put into making aÂ family friend's Bedhampton home more friendly for their disabled son Olly.Â
Michaela said: '˜I am so proud of John.'Â Â Â
But humble John, from Horndean, who hasÂ has been in the building trade for 20 years, said it was all part of a day's work.Â
He said: '˜I am so pleased I am able to provide for this lovely family.'Â
John builtÂ a rear extension and a wet room, as well as carrying out other modifications. The work was done for free, with John using his connections to acquireÂ cheap labour and deals on different supplies.Â He saidÂ he was incredibly grateful for the support.
He said: '˜I'd like to thank Tracy fromÂ Goodwillie'sÂ timber, Mickey my digger man, TJ Waste,Â Keyline,Â Ben andÂ Gary from Beaver Tool Hire, electricians Kris andÂ Wes,Â Chris fromÂ Chimes Fabrications, plasterers Scott andÂ Mark, Olly's grandad Mick, Tony Strugnell Roofing,Â Nigel fromÂ Jewson in Denmead, Set in Stone,Â JMG Scaffolding, Wayne, Lewis and Matt for the brickwork, there are so many. I've had a lot of support and I am so grateful.'Â
John won a Â£10,000 share ofÂ a Â£250,000 prize fund.Â
He said: '˜I'm going to use theÂ money to finish the project, put some astroturf in the garden and get some extras for the whole family.Â
'˜The money is not for me, it's for little Olly and his family because they deserve it.'Â
TV presenter George Clarke'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹ gave John his prize at a ceremony inÂ Coventry.Â