Posted 10th Aug 2018

Band of Builders transforms home of builder with MND

By KBBDaily on 10th August 2018 - 15:19pm
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Band of Builders – a charitable organisation that helps tradespeople and their families, and was also the 2017 winner of Jewson’s Trade Hero award – is set to transform the home and garden of Jamie Thompson, pictured, a builder who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease – MND – in 2014.

The 49-year-old – who was initially given just three years to live – is now wheelchair-bound and has limited use of his hands, meaning he is confined to areas that his motorised wheelchair can access in his Malvern, Worcestershire home.

Band of Builders said that at least 40 volunteer tradespeople will gather at the home of Jamie and his family – namely his partner Sarah Townsend, pictured, and three children – at the end of August for a week of work including installing a new kitchen, landscaping the garden and extending the decking area.

Builders’ merchant Jewson is also supporting the venture by donating building materials to the cause, while construction charity Lighthouse Club Charity is funding part of the project as well as supporting the family with daily household costs.

“We can't begin to express our sheer excitement and gratitude about the up and coming project,” said Jamie’s partner Sarah. “Life is so different for Jamie these days and, consequently, for us as a family.

“A new kitchen and more space within it and the flexibility to throw the doors open and eat outside as a family will mean that Jamie can maybe come and keep me company when I cook and we can talk about our day, which at present, we are unable to do.”

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