Band of Builders’ latest project is to help Peter Cape, a 46-year old plumber from Pen-Y-Garnedd, Wales, and a longstanding supporter of BoB, who was injured in December 2018 after falling from a ladder.
Peter has been a Band of Builders supporter since the organisation’s infancy and gave up his time in 2018 to volunteer on Pippa’s Project. Since then, Peter has continued to volunteer for Band of Builders where possible by joining in with fundraising events and giving up his spare time to moderate BoB’s trade-specific social media platform, ‘We are Band of Builders’.
In December 2018, Peter was inspecting a roof and work area on a single storey building ahead of a flue installation when the cat ladder he was using began to slide down the roof. Peter fell from the roof, suffering severe fractures to both heels and one of his feet.
After spending a week in hospital and undergoing numerous scans and x-rays, Peter returned to hospital in January for 10 days to have an operation on his left foot. The surgeon reconstructed Peter’s foot using pins and plates but, due to the extent of the injuries, his right foot is currently inoperable, leaving him with no other option other than to wait to determine the level of disability before a medical decision can be made on the next course of action.
Consultants have advised Peter that as a result of his accident he will be left with significant and permanent mobility issues. He currently faces only two surgical options… a subtalar joint fusion or amputation depending on the level of damage sustained. This will only become clear once Peter begins his physiotherapy to hopefully walk again. At this stage (March 2019), Peter is facing two to four years of medical treatment, with the outcome at the moment uncertain for both heels and his future.
Band of Builders is helping Peter by making his home more accessible. The Scope of Works includes:
Renovation of existing bathroom to allow wheelchair access and turn into a wet room complete with disability aids
Adjust floor levels to allow wheelchair access to the wet room
Landscaping to enable Peter to access the garden safely and unaided in his wheelchair
When it starts
This project will be starting on Friday 19th April and BoB is actively looking for volunteers for the week-long project. If you would like to get involved, click here and fill out the form
Watch the video of how Peter’s Project came about below:
— Gavin Crane (@GavinCrane7) March 3, 2019