GENEROUS traders have rallied together to perform a 'DIY SOS' for a Middlewich mum whose life has been turned upside down by motor neurone disease (MND).

Leanne Collins was still doing workouts with her son Aaron in April when she began to struggle with a tightness in her calves and dropped foot, where her foot was pointing down all the time.

The 56-year-old was referred to the Spire Cheshire Hospital in Stretton, where an MRI scan failed to flag up any issues, before further neurology tests revealed she had MND in July.

Husband Dave told the Guardian: "From being fit and well in April she is now at the stage where she can't stand, she can't walk or lift her arm, she has no grip in her hands and her voice is starting to go.

"It is horrible. There's not much known about MND, and even some of the medical professionals have not been too sure on what it is all about.

"A lot of people live 10 or 20 years then gradually decline but Leanne's seems to be very fast so far."

Leanne's rapidly diminishing mobility left her family facing hefty bills, as her home suddenly needed alterations.

After a conversation with Paul Cochrane, landlord at the White Bear, Dave was put in touch with Alyn Roberts from All in One Home Improvements.

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From left: Reece Dennis and Alyn Roberts from All In One. Image: Mary Davies.

Alyn visited the next day to look at installing a wet room for mum-of-two Leanne before coming up with the heartwarming offer to organise a 'DIY SOS'.

He contacted fellow traders from across Cheshire who all offered to donate their time and valuable home alteration equipment worth thousands of pounds in total.

As well as donations from All In One, Alyn was able to get support from Duttons, ROK Plumbing, Howarth Timber, Topps Tiles, Paul Maddock, Lockwells and T&G Northwich.

The family also had donations from Dave Ogden Electrics, plasterer Paul Goodwin, Paul from the White Bear, Jack Osborne Tiling, Sarah – Angel Tiling, Contour Showers, Jewsons, Morreys Holmes Chapel and Lucian Davies.

Dave, 57, added: "It's amazing – we are so humbled by people's kindness.

"We have this horrible thing going on but all this generosity has taken away the edge from it. It is absolutely incredible.

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"Leanne is absolutely gobsmacked at how everybody is being so kind and generous. It is not just doing the work – it is the time that they are giving for people that they don't know.

"It has saved us a lot of expense – it is one less headache for us really."