A plumber who was left unable to walk after falling from a ladder is the latest person to benefit from help from Band of Builders, the charity that helps UK tradesmen and women in their hour of need.
Peter Cape, a 46 year old plumber from Pen-Y-Garnedd, Wales, is a longstanding supporter of Band of Builders – affectionately known as BoB – but found himself wheelchair-bound after suffering serious injuries in December 2018.
Peter has been a Band of Builders supporter since the charity’s infancy and gave up his time in 2018 to volunteer on Pippa’s Project.
Since then he has volunteered for Band of Builders where possible by joining in with fundraising events and giving up his spare time to moderate BoB’s trade-specific social media group, ‘We are Band of Builders’.
In December 2018 Peter was inspecting a roof and work area on a single storey building ahead of a flue installation when the ladder he was using began to slide down the roof. He fell, suffering severe fractures to both heels and one of his feet.
After spending a week in hospital and undergoing numerous scans and x-rays, Peter returned to hospital in January for 10 days to have an operation on his left foot. The surgeon reconstructed Peter’s foot using pins and plates but, due to the extent of the injuries, his right foot is currently inoperable, leaving him with no other option other than to wait to determine the level of disability before a medical decision can be made on the next course of action.
Consultants have advised Peter that as a result of his accident he will be left with significant and permanent mobility issues. He currently faces only two surgical options – a subtalar joint fusion or amputation depending on the level of damage sustained. This will only become clear once Peter begins his physiotherapy to hopefully walk again. At this stage (March 2019), Peter faces 2-4 years of medical treatment, with the outcome uncertain.
Band of Builders, which gained charity status earlier in 2019 after carrying out numerous projects to help members of the UK construction trade over the past few years, is planning to help Peter by making alterations and adaptations to his home so it is wheelchair-friendly.
Dan Harris, from Band of Builders, said: “Peter’s home isn’t currently wheelchair-friendly – he is unable to access the bathroom or kitchen and is only able to go outside with the help of his family.
“Our aim is to make Peter’s home more accessible to help aid his lengthy recovery process. He has given so much to Band of Builders to help others – it’s only fitting that we look after him when he needs it.”