Cher’s Project

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Cher has had both feet amputated and has suffered damage to her hands after developing Meningococcal Septicemia. Her condition means she currently lives in the living room which is the main downstairs area of her home in Flintshire. Cher now occupies this room 24/7, with her bed and wheelchair taking up a lot of the space in what is the main living area of the family home, and giving her no privacy. Band of Builders will make a range of adaptations to Cher’s home to ensure it is safe and wheelchair accessible, giving Cher more independence to enjoy her home and cook for her family again and also giving them back their family living area.
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Background

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.

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The Project

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.

For more information or for material or financial donations please contact projects@bandofbuilders.org

 

To volunteer for this project, which currently has provisional dates of Saturday, 16th October to Sunday, 7th November, please email TanyaJones@bandofbuilders.org with your name, email, telephone number, BoB number and trade.