A Birmingham-based contractor has completely transformed the home of a three-year-old cancer patient in a renovation project that saw the house go from a state of disrepair to a safe and comfortable environment for the family.
In a ‘DIY SOS’ style makeover, members of the community from across Birmingham came out in force to provide products and services to assist with the transformation of Emily Cassidy’s home.
Colmore Tang Construction project managed the whole transformation, with the overall refurbishment expected to have cost in the region of £60,000. The renovation took five weeks to complete, while Emily and her family travelled to the USA to receive life-saving proton beam therapy for her retinoblastoma.
Spearheaded by Georgie Moseley, mother of the late Harry Moseley and founder of cancer charity Help Harry Help Others, a visit to the family’s home earlier in the year motivated her to put a call out on social media to help her carry out the momentous task.
Neil Walters, Commercial Manager at Colmore Tang said “Without even thinking about it, I rang Georgie up and said ‘What do you want us to do? We’re in’.
“Georgie took me around the house the next morning. It dawned on me then how much work would be needed. As a key player in the city’s construction sector, we knew that we were in the position to give back to the community, and use the resources that we have to help those who really need it.
“We treated the whole project like we would any of our multi-million pound developments. We had an on-site project office, contractors, structural engineers, an architect and a landscaper, all of whom helped us to deliver this impressive transformation.”
Georgie’s call for help received an overwhelming response from businesses across the region who all pulled together to deliver a safe, practical and clean environment to meet the family’s needs - including the demolition and rebuilding of the extension.
Apprentices from South & City College in Birmingham worked on the project alongside local suppliers and contractors to give the house a completely new roof, front driveway and back garden. On top of this, the house has also been completely rewired and replumbed.
Lucy Cassidy, mother of Emily, said “It’s a real testament to good old community spirit and people clubbing together to help each other.
“It’s a dream come true.”
PR by Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham