A man is appealing for help in his mission to renovate a house and offer it to a struggling ex-soldier for 12-months rent free.
Spencer Sutcliffe, 32, owns a two-bedroom house in Mixenden and is calling on the local community to help him refurbish it after it was left ruined by previous tenants.
And he hopes that by Christmas, he will be able to offer the house to an ex-soldier in need.
Self-employed Spencer, originally from Mixenden, said: “I just think ex-soldiers get a bad deal and they are not looked after as much as they should be.
“The whole idea is to get the local community together to do some work on it. I’d really like someone in there by Christmas and give them 12-months rent free so they can get themselves back on their feet.
“You hear horror stories and we can walk the streets because of what they do, they put their lives on the line everyday doing things we don’t even know about.
“Mixenden has a bad name, but the people there are good people. It’s all about bringing the community together and getting that community spirit.
“If we can get the locals together to do something, they could go on to do other projects.”
Peter Clarke, pictured, secured a new kitchen, two new double beds and mattresses for the house through his company, the Kingsman Group.
Spencer, who now lives in Lancaster, is also a partner in the Kingsman Group security division, which tries to employ ex-service personnel as much as possible.
And in addition to the house, Spencer will help to find the new occupant a position in one his companies.
The main things still needed for the house are a central heating system, PVC windows and timber for new studded walls.
If you would like to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/p83wrgew or to offer practical help, contact Spencer Sutcliffe on 07479054952.