A DURRINGTON builder has scooped a national award in recognition of his outstanding work and compassionate attitude.

Donald Capewell of Donald Capewell General Builders was awarded the Heavenly Builder award at the Master Builder Awards 2017 hosted by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on Friday (September 15).

Donald was awarded the title of Heavenly Builder for his outstanding work and considerate and compassionate attitude to a client who was experiencing difficulties.

Donald’s client, David Campey, was recovering from radiotherapy treatment for throat cancer and had major reservations about going through the upheaval of building work.

He chose Donald to carry out the work on his new extension, knowing that he was renowned for providing a first-class and personal service.

Summing up his experience David said: “Donald was always positive and it felt like the work was being carried out by a life-long friend.”

TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles presented Donald with the coveted prize at the Master Builder Awards ceremony in the Intercontinental Hotel, London.

Brian Berry, the chief executive of the FMB, said: “Donald is a worthy winner of this award. His client was obviously going through a very hard time and not only did Donald build the extension of David’s dreams, he also gave David his friendship and support during his recovery process.”

Speaking of the award win, Sarah Capewell, of Donald Capewell General Builders, said: "Winning the Federation of Master builders award builds a recognition for all the hard work carried out by Donald, myself and all our tradesmen that we use.

"We are constantly up against other competitors and this award allows us to stand out from the crowd nationally.

"We are overwhelmed and ecstatic to have won the heavenly builder award nationally, as we were up against so many larger companies.

"Often in this current climate you often hear about all the horror stories about builders. This goes to show it is not always the case.

"Winning this nationals award is like the Oscars of the building industry. It is the highest accolade."