Tragic family given timely community gift

The Barnes family lost their mum in November when she suffered a massive heart attack.Coun Andrea Kay, from Wyre Council, has taken them under her wing and given the home's lounge and two bedrooms a makeover.'L-R Barry, Adam (14), Jodie (17) and Amy (13).

The Barnes family lost their mum in November when she suffered a massive heart attack.Coun Andrea Kay, from Wyre Council, has taken them under her wing and given the home's lounge and two bedrooms a makeover.'L-R Barry, Adam (14), Jodie (17) and Amy (13).

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A COURAGEOUS family’s home has been transformed by kind-hearted builders after tragedy struck.

The three Barnes children – Jodie, 17, Amy, 13 and Adam, 14 – were given the unimaginable news their mother Sally had suffered a massive heart attack and died in November.

Student Jodie and her father Barry, of Fleetwood Road North, Cleveleys, were forced to take on the demanding role of caring for Amy, who has cerebral palsy, but have been given something to smile about after a councillor heard about their plight.

Coun Andrea Kay, ward councillor for Cleveleys Park, organised and paid for builders to carry out the revamp and transform the home’s lounge and children’s bedrooms.

Mr Barnes, 52, said: “It’s amazing and means so much to us.

“With all the work she does with all the other families it’s great she can help my children and do this for us.

“My wife died in November but this has really cheered them up and they’ve been really excited.

“It’s taken my mind off everything and given me something to focus on again.”

The family is currently living at their grandmother’s home while the work is being done and Mr Barnes admits the work has made the family turn a corner after a traumatic few months.

He added: “The kids have handled what happened to their mother really well but this really seems to have brightened them up.

“The work has helped them to come out of themselves and it’s been really nice to see.”

Jodie shares a room with her sister which will be painted black and pink and altered to give them more space.

She said: “I’m really pleased at how it’s looking so far.

“It’s going to be nice to sit upstairs and get out of the way of everyone for a little while.

“A wardrobe has been taken out to give us more room and Andrea Kay has really helped us get on with the work we have wanted to do for a while.”

Coun Kay, who paid for the work through fundraising, added: “Times are hard and families are struggling but they’ve gone through losing their mother so I thought it would be nice to have a project in the house to make them feel better about themselves because they’ve gone through such a lot recently.”