The aim of this project is to install a new bathroom (including a shower), as Audra can no longer use a bath, and a warm shower twice a day helps relieve the pain of her symptoms.
Audra is the wife of Drew, a time-served carpenter from Cornwall. Audra’s career as a child dancer and actor of stage and screen is now taking its toll on her body, and she suffers from a number of conditions that will ultimately see her needing the use of a wheelchair.
The ever-resilient Audra remains positive and upbeat even though she has not worked for the past couple of years, as the combination of conditions – including hypermobility, connective tissue disease, arteriosclerosis, bruits and a dilated aorta – is having an increased impact on her mobility and quality of life with her family, including her six-year-old daughter Azaria.
Fifty-year-old Audra has very flexible joints, which as a child meant she was a supple dancer and actress. Her professional career started at the tender age of five-years-old and by eleven-years-old she was headlining in the first child stage production of Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Audra continued to work in the West End and on various UK tours. Over the years, Audra has worked with the likes of Sam Mendes, Martin Clunes, Lionel Blair, Sir Terry Wogan and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Audra now suffers constant joint pain, as they can often pop out any time. She also suffers with bruits (which are audible vascular sounds associated with turbulent blood flow) and arteriosclerosis (which is in her brain) and means that the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from her heart have become thick and stiff — and can sometimes restrict blood flow.
Audra’s bathroom is in poor condition and dangerous, so our plan is to install a brand-new bathroom, complete with a shower. This will not only aid ease of use, but also enable Audra to use the shower at least twice a day to ease her pain.