A FENCER is charging the elderly a cuppa and a biscuit for jobs as storms begin to hit the borough and leave people with unexpected bills.
Jon Horne, owner of Solihull-based Midlands Fencing and Aggregates, has vowed to help 12 people a month out of his own pocket.
This comes after Storm Callum blew down some fence panels and left a lady feeling distressed and worried about the security at her home.
He said while he was talking to the lady she asked how much she owed him and he decided nothing and although she was reluctant to let him walk away without payment she explained her struggles to keep on top of the bills but the fence repair was a must.
On Facebook Jon wrote: “I can’t believe some of the older generation are in a situation where they have to decide whether to be warm or in this case have a secure fence.
“Due to this, throughout the bad weather we are offering free fence repairs to any senior citizens who are struggling.
“All I ask is you provide me or one of my team with a cuppa and some biscuits.
“My company is at a size where I can give a little back, and that’s what I intend to do.
“Please spread the word so our elderly aren’t worried about security this winter.”
Jon, who started his own business when he was 17, said he has always tried to help the elderly where he can over the years.
The 22-year-old told The Observer he was expecting his post to reach around 100 people across the Midlands but was surprised that within two hours it had more than 15,000 likes.
He said since the post he has received more than 500 messages and phonecalls asking for help from people in distress from Birmingham, Manchester, London and even abroad.
He said: “We would love to help everyone who has messaged us but it’s physically impossible.
“I know if it was me or my family I would hope someone in a similar position would help us out when we need it.”
Jon and his team have set up a crowd funding page for anyone who would like to donate to help towards the cost of the materials.
He said he will regularly update through social media how the money is being spent and even if they don’t receive any donations the company will still strive to help 12 elderly people per month.
Messages of support for Jon and his teams efforts have flooded in.
Amanda Cheese-Holden said: “This brings tears to my eyes.
“I believe treat others as you wish to be treated and you are clearly doing such a thing.
“Be proud. Been brought up with good morals. I hope your business keeps growing you deserve it.”
Becky Bowen said: “What amazing people you and you’re team are, it restores your faith in humanity, with all the horrible things that go on around us now, it’s nice to see great people doing something to help others and people sharing this instead of posts of abuse for a change, well done guys.”
For more or to donate visit www.gofundme.com/midlands-fencing-amp-aggregates