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Adam Stark and Ali Jennings, who met on Tinder just before the first lockdown and are already engaged, want help to transform their home, which they say hasn’t been updated for at least 20 years. They bought the house just before Christmas, less than a year after meeting.
Both young, both working, stop begging and get some dignity and pride
A Facebook user
The couple, who are both key workers, have created a GoFundMe page to allow people to donate money for the renovation, reports Staffordshire Live.
But instead, strangers online have told the couple to “stop begging”.
“Both young, both working, stop begging and get some dignity and pride,” wrote one man.
“They should be happy they got a roof over their heads, so many haven’t. The absolute cheek of ’em,” another post reads.
One woman shared: “What a joke. Using the excuse they are key workers is ridiculous!! I seriously hope no one ‘donates’ to this.”
Another Facebook user said: “This is totally unacceptable. To be so entitled and cheeky is not on. As key workers we are lucky to still have our wage, a contract and regular hours. I hate this; it gives the rest of us a bad name.”
The property in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, is “very old,” the couple said.
Adam, who works as a lorry driver delivering medical supplies to NHS hospitals and treatment centres, said: “I know with everything that is going on that there’s a lot of support for key workers at the moment and it was suggested to me by a friend to do this and I thought ‘why not’.
“I can do a lot of the work myself but I will have to get other people in. It’s the bathroom and kitchen that mainly need doing. We want them redoing completely but we don’t mind if it is second-hand stuff.
“I believe the house did belong to an elderly gentleman and it has not been touched for 20 to 30 plus years. It’s all very old and needs updating.”
Ali, a technician at a clinic treating NHS patients, had been saving with her partner throughout the lockdowns for their first home together.
Adam, originally from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, added: “After meeting we pretty much moved in together a week later into her mum’s and saved for a deposit for a house. We’re now engaged and it doesn’t feel real almost.
“We moved here as the area is beautiful, it’s a lovely house, a lovely street and a lovely community. The house has not been neglected, it just needs updating.
“We saw the potential this house had and thought we could make it our family home. We saw a lot of houses in different areas and thought this was the right one.
“If people were to donate things to the house or if tradespeople don’t have money but want to donate a day off to help us that would be amazing. We’d appreciate anything like that.
“We’d appreciate any help we can get. We don’t expect to get the whole house done for free but a little bit of help would be amazing.”
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