Stags ditch the booze for DIY challenge

Groom Neale Tidd (centre) with his stag party and the Beeston family
Groom Neale Tidd (centre) with his stag party and the Beeston family

Most stag weekends are booze-fuelled trips, but instead of partying one group of stags decided to carry out a DIY challenge to help a well-deserving family.

Tradesman Barney Felce and a team of 30 held a slightly different type of stag weekend in Wellingborough on Saturday, August 18.

The stags celebrated Neale Tidd’s impending nuptials by undertaking a Nick Knowles-style DIY SOS for a Wellingborough family to help change their lives for the better.

They pulled up their sleeves and completely re-vamped the garden in a house in Northampton Road.

The house belongs to foster parents and carers Ruth and Kes Beeston, who support a number of children going through hardships along with their 19-year-old foster son Aaron, who is physically and mentally disabled, suffering from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome.

Mr Felce, a Northampton heating engineer, who led the project, said: “We wanted to do something a bit different and what better way than to help donate our time and trade to making a better place for Aaron and the other children who are cared for at this home?

“I contacted the disability Cube in Northampton and they put us in touch. The day went really well.”

The team created a sensory garden, along with ramps, lights and flowers for Aaron, who responds well to light and smell. It will also make it a safe place for the other children in care to relax and feel secure.

The project received support from Travis Perkins, which donated decking, and Brandon Tool Hire, which donated tools for the challenge.

Ruth Beeston said: “We were over the Moon that Barney and his team have chosen us. What they have done is absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t believe how much they got done in one day.

“It was really hot but they just didn’t stop. I would definitely commend them for what they have done.

“I still can’t believe that a group of people who didn’t know us would spend 12 hours solid doing something like that for us. They are all really fantastic people. Aaron and the other children couldn’t wait to sit in their new garden and celebrate.”