AN electric store stepped in to save the day after a disabled woman was left high and dry when her kitchenware failed to turn up on moving day.

Helen Lawrence, 69, suffers from a learning disability after she was born with brain damage, and has been living in residential care since she was seven.

After her previous home in Great Bromley closed down, she moved into her new independent living space at the Grove House, in Jaywick, last month.

But a fridge-freezer and washing machine ordered from a national company failed to turn up, leaving Helen unable to use her kitchen.

Granyleys, in Station Road, came to the rescue after being called out by a care worker.

Helen’s younger sister, Val James, said they pulled out all the stops to make sure her new home was set up for her as they quickly delivered her kitchen appliances.

She said: “They brought her a washing machine and a fridge-freezer and they turned up and fitted them for her.

“They were so kind and I had to say something and do something, I know people don’t do it for any other reason and I couldn’t thank them enough.

“I phoned them and explained the situation - we were so grateful, I just wanted to tell everybody about it.”

Kaine Norman, 19 and Jack Hickey, 22, both sales assistants at Grantleys helped out on the day of the move.

Kaine said: “I spoke to someone at the care home about a woman in Jaywick being let down and we just started to help and they came and picked it up.”

“It’s good to give something back.” Jack added.

Val travelled from her home in East Bergholt to the shop on Station Road to offer her thanks to the staff at Grantleys in person.