The aim of this project was to complete the remainder of the building work in Kyle’s home, which he started before he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Kyle is 41 years old and lives in Hereford with his partner Rachel, stepson Harry and daughter Lottie. A rugby loving Welshman, he began his construction career in the military as a Royal Engineer where he qualified as a plasterer, decorator and tiler.
On leaving the army he set up as a multi skilled tradesperson which lead to teaching disaffected students the trades alongside his own work. Through this he started teaching in a local school and qualified as a surveyor as well as a teacher of construction. This is where Kyle first came across Band of Builders when they built ’Kyle’s Cabin’ for a student at his school. He assisted in building a path with the help of his students who were friends of the beneficiary.
Around this time, Kyle undertook an ambitious remodelling of their 1960’s bungalow, including a loft conversion and extension. The builders had gone as far as was affordable and Kyle hoped to complete the remainder of the work himself. Unfortunately, in December 2020 he suffered a grand mal seizure, which left him unable to work. After several months, Kyle was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer which required immediate surgery and subsequent radiotherapy treatment. His partner Rachel has taken time off work to care for him as she was struggling to manage both, due to her own health issues. Kyle is currently undergoing chemotherapy and has been informed his cancer is incurable and will need further treatment and surgeries for the remainder of his life.
The project was undertaken between Saturday 9th April to Saturday 16th 2022.
All work was completed by volunteer tradespeople from across the country using materials donated by the construction sector.
Kyle said: “I’m over the moon. At Iast I can relax and focus on my health and enjoying precious time with my family. It's all down to a group of inspirational characters, some I already knew, some I didn't, but who already feel like friends - Band of Builders.”
Kyle’s partner Rachel said it was difficult to find words to express the family’s gratitude to the Band of Builders’ team, saying: “You will not know the joy and relief that it has brought to Kyle and all of us. We are completely in awe of you giving up both your time and daily wage for us, who are complete strangers to most of you. To also come together not knowing each other and work as a team is such an amazing feat.”
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