To make adaptations to the home of Martin Wilks, a general builder who was left paralysed and with a fractured skull after a fall at work.
Martin Wilks, a general builder from Almeley, Herefordshire, fell from steps whilst at work in June 2018 and was left paralysed along with a severe brain injury. Martin is the next beneficiary to receive help from Band of Builders.
Martin has been hospital since his accident, suffering strokes, seizures, infections pneumonia and a lung abscess. More recently, he has been undergoing treatment at a specialist neuro rehabilitation unit in Leamington Spa and has been able to regain some use of his arms. However, his legs remain paralysed so for Martin to regain independence and live comfortably at home with wife ….. And children ….., internal and external adaptations are needed.
They include an extension that will allow the construction of a wet room as there is currently only a bathroom upstairs, as well as work to level the floors and widen doorways to make them wheelchair friendly. Landscaping works will also be needed and a new heating system to replace the existing open fire. Martin’s family have applied for grants to carry out the work, but Band of Builders is also helping the family as part of its work to help members of the UK construction trade and their families.
BoB will be helping Martin over the coming months, but assistance will take place in phases due to the planning application process for the extension.
Phase 1 has been completed and involved updating the heating system by installing a new wood burning stove which will allow Martin to remain at home during his rehabilitation.
A local Scaffolding company ensured that the property could be accessed safely as essential works including a new drip course was required to the fireplace and chimney before the wood burning system could be installed.
Band of Builders trustee Dan Harris said: “Martin’s house had an open fire that was unsafe and not in use so work was needed to stop the elements and draught blowing down. On top of this, oil for the boiler was expensive and it’s difficult to refill due to the location of the home, so installing a wood burner will make it much easier and economical for Martin’s family to heat their home. Phase One of this project was the first step in making sure that Martin can be as comfortable as possible in his home, despite his injury.”
We would like to thanks those involved in the project so far: Border Scaffold Services Ltd, J Bird Chimney Sweep, Dave Fixter and Croydon Fireplaces.
Whilst we still wait to hear how Band of Builders can help with the extension works, you can find out how you can get involved please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org