Rob returns home thanks to an army of builders who transformed it in nine days - The Solihull Observer

Rob returns home thanks to an army of builders who transformed it in nine days

Solihull Editorial 24th 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, around 60 experts carried out a raft of changes including the creation of a downstairs bedroom and wet room complete with specialist equipment and decking in the garden.

Magnet CKS provided and fitted the new family kitchen which has a rise and fall sink and a cooker hob.

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. 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.

Gavin said: “Emotionally dad is still coming to terms with things. It all still feels a little surreal, for all the builders to come together for him is overwhelming.

“After the madness of Sunday there were a few sore heads but we still can’t explain how surreal it actually feels, it’s almost like we have a whole new home.”

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

Volunteers were joined by local companies including Pride in Gardens Landscaping, SCH Solihull Brickwork, Linnett Electrical, and DJ Wright.

Local pubs, private chefs and home cooks have been donating hot food to keep the team going with Shirley resident Sonny Saharan keeping the army going with his home-cooked curry.


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