Kind-hearted construction firms have started free work at a centre for disabled adults which was hit by a flooring company collapse.

Hive Construction, of Scholes, helped build a sensory garden at Waves Daycare Centre, Slaithwaite, last weekend.

They were assisted by Huddersfield construction company M and M Build and Chippindale Plant, of Hillhouse, which supplied an excavator.

The project will be completed by this weeked when Assemble Projects, Milnsbridge, will lay free turf.

The sensory garden project had been knocked off track after Gary Connor, who ran Allfloors Huddersfield Ltd, took an £825 deposit from Waves but failed to deliver the goods.

Most of the cash had been raised at the funeral of Kay Evans, a longtime supporter of Waves where her grandson George attended.

Helen Byram, of Hive Construction, said: “When we saw what had happened we were absolutely disgusted.

“I used to work with adults with learning difficulties and trying to provide something as important as a sensory garden and then see the money lost is heartbreaking.

“Thankfully, we were in a position to help.”

An appeal to raise cash for Waves was launched by Nicola Ratcliffe, of Pennine Farm Services, and Nick Lawton, of JC Bower skip hire, both based in Slaithwaite.

Construction of sensory garden at the Waves centre, Slaithwaite. Pictured with equipment provided by Chippindale Plant Ltd are, l to r, Michael Clayton of M and M Build, Slaithwaite, Nerys Moakes, Dean Byram and Daniel Moakes of Hive Construction of Scholes and Carol Johnson, Waves centre manager.
 

Other businesses and villagers rallied together to raise over £2,500 for Waves.

Records show Connor and companies he ran have at least eight county court judgements against them for almost £19,000 of unpaid debts dating back to 2009.

On Wednesday Connor, 57, repeated promises that he would compensate his former customers, including Waves.

Connor, who declared himself insolvent two years ago, declined to explain how he would raise the thousands needed.

He told the Examiner he had been forced to move house after being ‘driven out of Huddersfield’ and receiving threats on Facebook.

Connor said: “I will work to pay it off. It will come out of my personal earnings.”