The DIY SOS team recruit friends, family and local trades to help transform the homes of families in need across Britain.
One of those in need was Simon Dobbin and his family. Simon, a loving father, husband and football fan travelled to an away game to watch his favourite team; however on the 21st March 2015 Simon was set-upon by a group of 13 men in an unprovoked attack. This assault would prove to change the life of Simon and his family as they knew it. Simon was left fighting for his life in intensive care, after a massive stroke and bleed on the brain. Heartbreakingly, the vicious attack had left Simon permanently brain damaged.
After many months in hospital, Simon was finally home with his wife; now as his full-time carer. Simon’s current house now proved to be unfit for purpose; inhibiting his rehabilitation and adding strain on the family. Simon’s new circumstances meant he now had to sleep downstairs in a hospital bed located in the living/dining room area and washed using a bowl of water due to the inability of accessing the upstairs bathroom. There is a make-shift curtain to separate the two spaces, which leaves him with little privacy.
DIY SOS invited generous volunteers and local trades to offer their time, a set of hands and materials to help the Dobbin family. We were only too happy to oblige, helping in the form of labour on the day and some much needed materials which will much improve the health and wellbeing of the Dobbin family.
The materials which were greatly received in aiding the renovation of the Dobbin home included:
12.5mm plasterboard (2.4 x 1.2m)
12.5mm MR board (2.4 x 1.2m)
2.4m thin coat angle bead
Plasterboard scrim tape
85mm acoustic wall batt insulation
200mm earthwool insulation
The turnout from those who lent a hand and donated was fantastic, the project couldn’t have taken place without the input of those businesses and individuals. Thank you to the DIY SOS team for giving us the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause.