Kevin's Project

The Objective

The aim of this project is to provide a more comfortable living area for Kevin and his wife to enjoy quality time together.

Background

Kevin was a hard-working and enthusiastic brick layer turned contractor from toomebridge Northern Ireland, who has been living with a significant disability. His wife Margaret has adopted the role of his primary carer.

In 2011 aged 54, Kevin began to notice difficulty walking, talking and swallowing. These symptoms progressed aggressively over a period of 8 months leaving doctors puzzled and his family in a state of distress. Following a long admission with countless investigations, eventually he was given the devastating diagnosis of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). This extremely rare condition has almost never occurred in a previously healthy individual. It causes irreversible brain damage and has no successful treatment to date, usually resulting in death within a year of diagnosis.

Despite defying the odds and surviving, Kevin’s disease has destroyed his life. It has stripped him of his independence and resulted in insurmountable financial pressure, as Kevin was the sole earner for his family of eight. Instead of enjoying retirement, he is bed bound, fed via a tube and has incomprehensible speech. Thankfully, Kevin’s mind and cognition were spared allowing him to enjoy watching his six children grow up. His 24 hour care has been provided by his devoted wife, Margaret and community support for the past 10 years.

The Project

Our plan is to extend onto the rear of the property enabling a sun lounge with a wrap around access ramp. Kevin's project will be our first in Northern Ireland.

Get Involved!

To register your interest please email projects@bandofbuilders.org or donate via our donate page or go fund me page.

Key Dates:

7th July 2022 - 22nd July.

Trades Required:

Bricklayers, Groundworkers, Labourers, Roofers, Carpenters, Joiners, Plasterers, Plumbers, Tilers and Decorators.

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