Ospreys chip in to improve family home

This is South Wales article 04.08.11

OSPREYS players used to kicking a rugby ball upfield have tried hacking of a different sort.

And for the Pyle family it was the taking part that mattered more than the result.

  1. Ospreys players lend a hand

    Ospreys players lend a hand

The ten squad players joined big- hearted Swansea plasterer Jamie Denyer in hacking the render off the Pyles’ Portmead home, which had been letting in damp.

Centre Ben John, 20, of Loughor, took a breather from the coal face and said: “It’s really tough on the forearms, but the boys are doing fine.”

This was the third Ospreys volunteer day after events in Neath and   Bridgend. A club spokesman said it   was important for the club to reciprocate the support shown by the community, and hoped the work would make a difference.

Mr Denyer, 33, is also no stranger to spreading a little stardust in the community. In January 2009 he set up the Etseth project, giving up one day every month to help families in need. He was introduced to the Pyle family by one of 13 long-term unemployed people he has taken under his wing.

Mr Denyer said the rugby players were chipping in superbly with a job that would normally cost around £3,000.

“They’ve admitted it’s harder than being on the training ground!” he said.

For grandfather John Pyle, the sterling work has lifted one worry from his shoulders.

The 58-year-old looks after his terminally-ill wife, Barbara, and said he simply could not afford to re-render the front and side of his Cheriton Crescent home.

Earlier he had tried repainting the house in an attempt to beat the damp.

Mr Pyle said he was extremely grateful to Mr Denyer and the Ospreys.

“They are not just sports stars, they are everyday people,” he said.