Stranger fixes tenant's quake-damaged flat

21:22, Jul 03 2012
Quintin Poole
JOB DONE: Plasterer Quintin Poole cleans up after fixing for free a hole in a flat that featured in a story in The Press.

Sarah Alexander has a stranger's kindness to thank for repairs to her earthquake-damaged Hornby flat.

She has been living in a cold, leaking house since the February 2011 earthquake.

The dampness had made her family sick, and she had recently found a bedroom wall had rotted away.

After an article in The Press on Monday, Quintin Poole of Canterbury Drywall Solutions contacted Alexander.

"I saw it in the paper and thought I can fix it, so bugger it, I'll do it," he said.

"I'm just going to do what needs to be done to stop the draught for the kids," he said.

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The repairs took about an hour.

"It's still going to be cold, but it's not going to have the draught like it used to," Poole said.

Alexander said knowing the hole had been fixed was a "good feeling".

She said she was almost moved to tears after getting Poole's phone call.

"He just rang me up and said that he had read my article and it affected him quite a bit.

"I wasn't expecting it at all," she said.

The Press