Little Leo is a ‘Godsend’ for flood-hit family

Hadley Pollard, his girlfriend Becky and their newborn baby Leo
Hadley Pollard, his girlfriend Becky and their newborn baby Leo

He became the face of the floods in the summer but after a nightmarish six months the year has ended on a high for Hadley Pollard.

Local and national media were queuing up to hear the story of how Hadley waded through waist-high water to rescue his pregnant girlfriend Becky, who had become trapped in their Walsden home when flash flooding struck at the end of July.

That happened the day after his business - the nearby Bailey’s Gym - was badly damaged when torrential rain brought down the roof at the building where the gym is based.

Over the last few months, Hadley and Becky have been busy balancing the refurbishment projects at the business and their home while still finding time to look after their children.

But 2013 has ended on a happy note with the birth of their son, Leo.

“Leo has been a Godsend,” Hadley said.

“He has kept me going.”

In other good news, Hadley is hoping to fully re-open the gym in January after a major refurbishment of the facilities.

The gym has been filled with joiners, electricians, plumbers and decorators who have been repairing the water damage.

“We’ve been working non-stop,” Hadley said.

“We have spent a lot of money on it.

“To help prevent it happening again, we have opened the gym up and made it bigger, making more room so that if it does come in it’s not going to affect us as badly.

“We’ve managed to keep the gym open while we worked, and done some of the work at night.

“I’ve felt a bit guilty because I’ve not been able to spend as much time as I would have liked with Becky and Leo.”

Looking ahead, Hadley said he has “big plans” for 2014.

“I hope it works because we’ve put so much effort into getting it right,” he said.

Hadley and Becky also hope the refurbishment of their home will be completed in the near future.