Builder with multiple sclerosis helped by Band of Builders

Band of Builders announces it has helped Chris Chappell, a former builder, who has been left using walking aids and a mobility scooter after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

The condition left Chappell unable to carry out routine tasks until the band of builders stepped in to install a new accessible kitchen.


Chappell said: “I was struggling with the old kitchen so I am just looking forward to being able to get in there and cook a meal, it will be a roast with all the trimmings because we have missed having one. It has been getting harder and harder and I have not wanted to do one because it was such a struggle. Now this will make it so much easier.”

The group of eight volunteers transformed the kitchen at the home in Torpoint, Plymouth, installing a bespoke kitchen donated by AWK Medi-Care Limited with features including a rise-and-fall worktop housing a hob and sink as well as pull down baskets and a pull-out larder.

“I would never have known about Band of Builders if I had not spoken to her. What they do is just amazing, how many people they have helped and all the stuff that they do. We are just so grateful,” said Chappell.

Band of Builders operations director Tony Steel said: “It is been a privilege to have helped Chris and his family and know that we have done something to futureproof his home as he inevitably has to rely on a wheelchair.

“The local community has been hugely supportive, and the fact Chris heard about us from another beneficiary just goes to show how word can spread and ultimately help us to help more people.”

Band of Builders was supported by construction sector partners, including: Jewson, Richards Builders Merchants and Palio Trade by Karndean.

AKW Medi-Care Limited also helped the project. Ashley Bath, from AKA, said: “We are delighted that we could help provide the kitchen for Chris’ project, which we hope will make a huge different to his life. It has been great to work with Band of Builders on this project, and we look forward to supporting the charity in its work to help people in the future.”

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