Flooded, but kitchen business still wants to help others

A kindhearted Kendal businessman whose showroom was wrecked by flooding is offering to help householders whose homes were damaged.

Ben Monaghan of Webbs Kitchens on Shap Road came home from hospital on Saturday, bringing wife Cathy and newborn son Lucas, to see photos on Facebook of his showroom under water.

Cathy’s business, Babyworld, also on Shap Road, was also wrecked by floodwater, but like Webbs it is open for business, stock held for customers safe in the top floor.

Now Ben is offering to help people who need to refit their homes. If families don’t have insurance, he will provide a new kitchen for them at cost price. And for those who are insured, he will help with insurance quotes and help them get the best possible deal.

“We know what it’s like to be affected but this is only stuff,” said Ben, who lives safely in another part of Kendal. “It is people who have lost their homes and their possessions that we feel so sorry for. I wanted to do something to make it just a little easier for them to start again.”

Ben and Cathy, who also have a three year old son Oscar, had just relaxed after a worrying time following the birth of Lucas. Cathy suffered complications and was in intensive care in hospital for 10 days.

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Ben, Cathy, Oscar and Lucas. Picture: Glynis Bland

“Cathy was just released from hospital that day,” said Ben. “I managed to find a route to drive her home. We thought that all our troubles were over.”

Ben is the grandson of Charles Webb who founded the family-run business in 1926. The kitchen showroom was a write-off but the offices and design centre on the first floor were unaffected and are still operating. Contact Ben on 015397 29632 or info@webbskitchens.co.uk

See website for terms and conditions. http://www.webbskitchens.co.uk/#more-than-just-a-kitchen

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