Charity to transform home of man left paralysed after fall

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A national construction charity has stepped in to transform the home of a man left paralysed after a fall.

Rob Lamb, from Solihull, suffered a spinal cord injury when he fainted due to low blood pressure at home in October, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

The quantity surveyor has been recovering at a rehabilitation centre in Oswestry, but his home in Solihull needs specialist adaptations so he can live there safely.

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After hearing about his situation, national construction charity Band of Builders stepped in, and next month volunteers will descend on the family’s home, to make a range of adaptations that will allow him to return home.

From March 13, a team of 60 volunteer tradespeople from across the country will spend nine days carrying out changes to ensure the house is safe and comfortable, including creating a downstairs bedroom and wet room complete with specialist equipment for his condition.

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

Gavin 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 for the care that he’ll need. Then Band of Builders stepped in and it’s taken a huge weight off.

“Not only does it mean the money we raised can focus on dad’s care, but it means we’ve got experts making sure everything is done right so the house is as safe and comfortable for dad as possible.”

Band of Builders is a registered charity that helps members of the UK construction industry battling illness or injury through the completion of practical projects.

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