'Something good has come out of something bad', claim a Polish family after a business replaced their shed which was burnt down in a racist attack.
Plymouth was left shocked after the Ablamowicz family in Efford were targeted by arsonists on July 6, who not only burned down their garden shed but also left a hate-filled and sinister letter on their Blandford Road doorstep, threatening them with worse if they did not 'go home'.
In the wake of The Herald's report and appeal to catch the culprits, many warm-hearted folk came forward offering help and showing solidarity with the family, who have lived in Plymouth for ten years.
Among them was Hadleigh Winter, managing director of Timber Buildings South West
based in Brixham and his workmate Richard Nicholson.
Hadleigh offered up his time to supply and build a bespoke
free of charge.
Spending nearly three hours in the blazing sunshine on Monday (July 18), the two men put together the small shed
in the Ablamowicz back garden.
Having seen the news reports Hadleigh said he was appalled at the hatred shown to the family.
He contacted them and offered his firm's services, saying "it just seemed like the right and fair thing to do".
After completing the shed build, Hadleigh said: "It all went to plan and we got the shed up quickly.
"It took about two-and-a-half to three hours and was quite a smooth build really.
"The family were really happy with it and the mum was very happy. That's the way it should be.
"They're a nice family and we were happy to help out."
Ewa Banaszak, the eldest daughter who lives nearby with her husband, said the family have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of kindness and support shown.
She said: "It all looks lovely and we're very pleased.
"They were proper professionals
and did an amazing job.
"They worked very hard in the sun and it must've been pretty hot out there.
"We're going send them a message of thanks to the company.
"Hadleigh and his colleague were great. Hadleigh's an easy going guy and very down to earth.
"I kept telling him how much we appreciate them, but he kept insisting he was happy to help. You could tell it wasn't about being named or doing it for recognition, it really was about wanting to help in some way.
"They were both very nice blokes and really funny the whole time.
"In many ways it's a shame we had to meet under these circumstances but it also meant something good coming out of it all."