A Bordon firm has answered a DIY SOS from a Surrey man left paralysed following a cycling accident.
Greg McKenna has reacquired his independence as his home has been given a disabled-friendly makeover by the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company and its partners.
The wheelchair user has struggled to live in his Godalming home following a life-changing accident in 2021 which left him paralysed from the waist down and dependent on assistance.
But he’s now free to roam around the home again as a host of firms, tradespeople and contractors responded to a plea by friends and family for help.
The work completed by the WBRC, Taylor Wimpey and their colleagues included a hoist installation and a ground floor extension to provide step-free access around the home.
They also revamped the kitchen and bathroom and created a therapy room to help with physiotherapy sessions.
While WBRC and Taylor Wimpey led the project the work has only been possible thanks to the generosity of numerous local contractors, many of whom worked for free.
“I’m delighted with the result of this project and immensely grateful to all of those who have helped along the way,” said Greg.
“After what has been, to say the least, an incredibly challenging couple of years, to have a home in which I can live as independently as possible is a huge step forward for me.
“Simple things like being able to wash, cook, and leave the house by myself and of my own accord are more important than a lot of people will understand.”
James Child, project lead at WBRC said: “This has been an important project for us and we’re delighted that after an often complicated process, Greg finally has a home that brings proper independence and autonomy back to his daily life.
“All of us here at WBRC wish Greg the very best.”