At the end of last year, we donated our lovely Metro and Batik tiles to a family in need based in Arundel, West Sussex. Last month DIY SOS aired the program that showed the entire project and how they helped Amanda, her husband Vic and their four children come to terms with a tragic accident and how it has forever changed their lives.
Amanda was training on her pushbike for an iron-man when suddenly her brakes failed on Bury Hill, West Sussex. Traveling at 40 mph, she lost control and smashed into a signpost which catapulted her into wild bushes. The enormous impact meant Amanda had broken 11 bones, punctured a lung, and snapped her collarbone and her back. In vast pain, Amanda lay there motionless and described the sensation ‘like my spinal fluid was leaking from my body'. It was 2 hours before another cyclist found Amanda. On arrival at A&E, she was told that she had been left paralysed.
Finally after six months at Stoke Mandeville spinal unit and two gruelling 12 hour back operations, she returned home, in a wheel chair, to her family she so desperately missed but her home was unsuitable and so that is where the DIY SOS build volunteers came to the family's rescue.
The downstairs was made accessible for Amanda, paying particular attention to a wet room style bathroom and a wheelchair friendly kitchen that she can use every day. Each room was given a colourful makeover with our Metro White tiles adorning the walls in a classic brick-bond laying pattern; cleverly, they tied together the bright yellow walls with a similar grout shade making the small room pop!
The kitchen has a modern country vibe with a painted shaker style kitchen and our Batik tiles arranged in a patchwork of pattern and colour. Matched with a floral roller blind and muted pink accents this room remains light and airy.
Our colleagues from Amanda's local Topps Tiles store popped down for the big reveal and to wish Amanda and her family the best for the future.