Paralysed Solihull dad returns to newly adapted home thanks to kind-hearted builders - The Solihull Observer

Paralysed Solihull dad returns to newly adapted home thanks to kind-hearted builders

Solihull Editorial 22nd Mar, 2021   0

THE HOUSE of a Solihull dad who was left paralysed after a fall has been transformed into a home thanks to a team of kind-hearted builders.

Rob Lamb suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he fainted due to low blood pressure last October.

The 58-year-old was left paralysed from the chest down.

The quantity surveyor had been recovering at a rehabilitation centre in Oswestry as his home needed specialist adaptations so he could live there safely.

After hearing about his situation, national construction charity Band of Builders stepped in and volunteers descended on the family’s home, where Rob lives with his three sons, to adapt it for his return.

Over the course of just nine days, a total of around 60 tradespeople carried out a raft of changes including the creation of a downstairs bedroom and wet room complete with specialist equipment, an accessible kitchen, and new decking in the garden.

The team also installed air conditioning and underfloor heating as Rob’s body will now struggle to regulate its own temperature.

Rob, who was widowed when wife Julie died suddenly in 2017, lives with sons Callum, Gavin and Mackenzie, who plays for West Bromwich Albion’s youth team. Their sister Tara lives in America.

He returned home on Sunday for an emotional handover of his new home with his three sons, who have all helped work on the house alongside Band of Builders.

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.

Volunteers give up their time to work on projects, while materials are donated by the construction industry.

The charity were joined on site by local companies including Pride in Gardens landscaping, SCH Solihull Brickwork, Linnett Electrical, and DJ Wright.

As well as providing manual labour pubs, private chefs and home cooks have been donating hot food to keep the team going.

And Shirley resident Sonny Saharan kept the army going with his home-cooked curry, rice and baked naan which he delivered to the site.

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