New home after 15 years in a tent

2019-03-06 06:00
PHOTO: byrone athmanWard Councillor Shaun Adkhins, Garth Middleton, Iris Holby and her son Bradlyn.

PHOTO: byrone athmanWard Councillor Shaun Adkhins, Garth Middleton, Iris Holby and her son Bradlyn.

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AFTER taking refuge in a tent for 15 years, Iris Holby and her family, who live in Woodlands, can finally rest easy knowing that they have a proper roof over their heads after local businessman Garth Middleton, from Middleton’s Water Solutions and Services, banded together with other business people in the area to lend a helping hand.

“After reading the article [in the MaritzburgFever]I went to the councillor’s office and together we went to the house where he introduced me to Iris. I then got together with a few of the businessmen in the area and we were able to build the Holby family a proper foundation and house which we plan to extend,” said Middleton.

Previously, the Holby family had to collect water from a pipe in their yard which was left to lie on top of a bin to save water. Middleton has since installed a proper tap on the side of the newly erected house for the family to get clean water.

“It took us two days to do this. We wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for the family,” said Middleton.

Holby said that, since last Monday, they have been enjoying the comfort of their new home. “I am very happy and thankful for this new house that we have. It feels so nice to stay in a house where there is no tent above us,” said an appreciative Holby.

Having done various community initiatives prior to this, Middleton urged other businesses to get involved in helping the community in whatever way they could.

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