Yorkshire based Nest Kitchens, who design and install bespoke kitchens, recently transformed the kitchen of an elderly client of local charity, the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP).

A team from Nest Kitchens set to work to transform the Ripon resident’s kitchen from its cramped state into a practical, clean space better suited to her needs. The four colleagues cleared the kitchen of any unwanted items, installed a new sink and cupboards and rearranged items so they are easily accessible for the client.  The lady, who has limited mobility, had been struggling to reach cupboards and found cooking difficult due to a surface mounted cooker being too high.

Nest Kitchens originally approached Harrogate and Ripon Volunteer Centre to see whether any local charities might benefit from a new kitchen. HELP’s practical DIY, gardening and decorating service, Help at Home
, immediately thought of this elderly client and applied for Nest Kitchen’s assistance. Reading about this lady’s unsuitable kitchen convinced Nest Kitchens to offer their support.DSC_0099

The company identified areas for improvement which would make the kitchen both safer and better designed to thesink and oven cropped lady’s needs. The old metal sink, which had sharp, exposed edges,was replaced by a new sink set into the kitchen surfaces. A new, lower cupboard was installed so the surface mounted cooker was at the right height. The team also helped the lady to sort out her store cupboard so that the most used items were easy to reach.

Mike Simpson of Nest Kitchens said: “It was a pleasure to help this lady.We hope the changes we have made to her kitchen help her to enjoy living at home for many years to come.”

DSC_0098Christine Turner, Help at Home Coordinator, added: “We have supported our client with gardening and decorating but the kitchen was beyond our expertise. It is fantastic that Nest Kitchens responded to our appeal for help. Our client is absolutely delighted with the results!”

Help at Home offers a DIY, decorating, gardening and odd jobs service to local people who, due to ill health or disability, are unable to manage the work themselves and do not have family or friends who can support them.  The service works with volunteers to provide affordable practical help to people who would struggle to pay for private tradespeople to do the work.