The community effort to get a pensioner's mouldy and rat-infested home into a liveable state continues.

It comes after it was discovered that a lady, known as Mary to protect her identity, was living in horrific conditions - and had been for some time. 

Her home, in Stratton St Margaret looked normal from the outside, but in fact harboured the devastating results of unchecked water leaks, with thick black mould covering almost every room from floor to ceiling. 

Furniture had been affected beyond repair, and floorboards were so damaged that people could fall through them.

Swindon Advertiser: Extensive damage and mould caused by water leaksExtensive damage and mould caused by water leaks (Image: submitted)

After discovering the extent of the problem, Mary's friend Janet Reynolds and Sandra Kennelly set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for repairs.

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On Saturday, while Mary moved to Janet's house, many people went to her home and started the process of clearing items that could not be salvaged out of the house so they could properly assess the damage and the scale of the work to come. 

Among them was Brendan O'Neill, who owns Emerald Damp Proofing and went to investigate on Friday ahead of the gathering on Saturday and was shocked by what he saw, describing it as the worst example of disrepair he had ever seen, adding that it was 'life-threatening'. 

Others offering their time and help were G Waste, Wayne’s Drains, Dean Salter from SAP Builders, Correventa, Beefy’s Skips, Swindon Jetwashing, and Dulux.

Swindon Advertiser: Sandra and Janet with a skip full of unsalvagable items from Mary's homeSandra and Janet with a skip full of unsalvagable items from Mary's home (Image: Newsquest)To date, the fundraising page has raised £10,163 and is now halfway towards the £20,000 target. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here -

Now co-organiser Sandra has taken the opportunity to thank people for everything they've done so far.

"Community spirit so strong and it resides in Swindon and now reaching far beyond with support and donations," she said. 

"It’s simply amazing and we are overwhelmed by the support.

"We have NO idea how much we need and setting up the page was with the goal of getting Mary’s home refurbished, furniture, white goods, clothes etc but it’s much much bigger than that and whilst the work so far has been free, we don’t expect it all to be free so we have opened the goal to help pay for the remedial works that we can’t source for free.

"Thank you all so much for all the donations, and the sharing too, you’re all amazing!"