A Precious moment

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THE home of a hard-working mum-of-four has been given a TV make-over to repay her for all she’s done for good causes.

Elaine Precious, 51, has been a project manager at Dacorum Mencap for more than 10 years.

That’s where she met Liz King, development officer for the learning disability charity, and took on the 38-year-old’s future husband Vince as a volunteer.

Liz, who has since had baby Megan, now three, with Vince, said: “It’s all thanks to Elaine and I wanted to do something to say thank you to her.”

She said that Elaine, pictured left, even helped to organise their wedding reception. She said: “I am very blessed to have her as a friend. The amount of people I have spoken to for this show who have said such nice things about her – you wouldn’t believe it. A lot have said they can’t think of anyone more worthwhile for this to happen to.”

Elaine’s 21-year-old son Sam has severe learning disabilities, and the Channel Four makeover transformed her Berkhamsted home to make life easier for him.

The work was done yesterday while Elaine was enjoying a surprise spa break at Pendley Manor in Tring – which Liz told her about on Tuesday evening.

Liz said: “She had no idea about going on a break and kept saying: ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ and then she was worried about work. I’d cancelled all of her meetings and just told her to have a good time.”

Liz, of Chambersbury Lane, Nash Mills, gave Elaine’s Swing Gate Lane garden a makeover while she was at the spa, while Channel Four did the house. Elaine’s four children – including Hannah, Emily and Tom – all helped out in making the surprise treat for their mum.

Liz said: “Elaine does over and above what she should do for Mencap.” She also drives a minibus for Rush in Northchurch, which teaches judo to people with learning disabilities.

The makeover project will be screened on a new show presented by TV presenter and ex-model Amanda Lamb, which begins later this month.

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