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Paralysed man’s home gets charity conversion

VOLUNTEERS from a national builders charity have started adapting the home of a man paralysed after a fall.

58-year-old Robert Lamb suffered a spinal cord injury after fainting in October, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

Over 60 volunteers from the Band of Builders charity will work quickly over nine days to adapt his home, creating a downstairs bedroom and wet room complete with specialist equipment ready for his return home.

Paralysed man’s home gets charity conversion
Robert Lamb, pictured third left, with Callum, Gavin, his late wife Julie, Tara and Mackenzie

Rob, who was widowed when his wife Julie died suddenly in 2017, lives with sons Callum, Gavin and Mackenzie. 

Rob’s son Gavin Lamb said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received and still can’t quite believe this is all happening.

“When dad first got injured, we knew we’d need to make huge changes to the house for him to come home, so we started fundraising for those and the care that he’ll need. Then Band of Builders stepped in, and it’s taken a huge weight off.”

Paralysed man’s home gets charity conversion
It will take nine days to convert the home

Craig Cashmore, a volunteer for the charity, said it was one of the most significant projects they had done. He added:

“It’s so important that the home he comes back to isn’t just safe, but is somewhere he can live comfortably and happily.”

Band of Builders is the story of what happens when people unite to help others. It started with one man’s desire to help his friend in his hour of need and has grown into a national charity run by tradespeople, for tradespeople.

It’s a movement united by a desire to help one another and do someone else a good turn, whether they’re a friend, colleague or someone on the other side of the country. It’s an organisation whose motto is about actions, not just words.

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