Cher, 43, lives at home in Flintshire with her partner Mark, a plasterer. They have two children, Georgia, 22 and Ryan, 18.
Last year Cher developed Meningococcal Septicemia, a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream, multiplies uncontrollably, and damages the walls of the blood vessels and organs. This can lead to brain damage, skin damage, amputations and even death. In Cher’s case this has led to the amputation of both feet roughly halfway up to the knee. Her hands are severely damaged and she no longer has feeling in them, although she does have limited use. She has visible scars from her infection which has left significant damage, as well as damage to various organs. Cher is due to be fitted for prosthetics but will still have limited usage due to the pressures it will put on her amputated limbs. Therefore, wheelchair use will still be a major part of her life going forward.
This will be Band of Builders’ biggest project to date and will be completed in three phases.
In October 2020 Cher, 46, contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia and went into septic shock. Cher’s family were told she only had a 20% chance of survival as her organs had started to shut down. However, after a long three-and-a-half month battle for her life, Cher pulled through but both her legs were amputated below the knee and wheelchair use will be a major part of her life going forward.
Band of Builders aims to help Cher and her family by increasing the size of their living area by knocking down and extending the current extensions, adding a new low-level kitchen and wet room and refitting Cher’s bedroom. Removing internal walls and widening doorways with ramped access outside will make their home wheelchair accessible and will also give Cher more independence.
All work will be undertaken by volunteer tradespeople from across the country using materials donated by the construction sector.
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