THIS was the joyous scene as a 104-year-old woman’s asbestos nightmare finally came to an end, thanks to the Gazette.
Frustrated Connie Mossman faced a desperate battle to knock down the shed in the back garden of her Amble home because of the structure’s asbestos roof, and she had struggled to find anyone who could remove it.
But after we revealed her ordeal last month, a company from Killingworth vowed to help, offering to do the work for free.
And last Wednesday, Connie, of Bisley Road, waved goodbye to her asbestos problem as the roof was removed.
The delighted great grandmother said: “I am very pleased about it. I am very thankful to the Gazette for helping me, getting some movement on this and getting the people out.”
The work was done by Forward Industrial Roof Repairs North East Ltd and the company’s director Richard Aldred said he was happy to come to Connie’s aid, after reading her story in the Gazette.
“I saw that she had been pushed from pillar to post and I wanted to help her.
“We are a small, family company and we are glad to help in any way we can and I am pleased that we have been able to help Connie.”
The asbestos is now securely bagged up and stacked and is waiting for Northumberland County Council’s waste service to collect and dispose of it free of charge. But Richard said that if the authority refuses to do this, he will also remove the bags for Connie.
The county council had originally said it was unable to help Connie during her struggle before agreeing to send someone round to give her advice, following pressure from the Gazette.