‘Beast from the East’ fails to stop SOS renovation team

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The team behind a massive renovation project at the home of a 14-year-old boy with severe autism and epilepsy have defied the ‘Beast from the East’ to start work.

The project has been described as “life-changing” for Daniel Dellar and his family with 25 local contractors working on the renovation in Kesgrave, near Ipswich.

And despite the treacherous weather in East Anglia, the team has begun working on site – much to the delight of Daniel’s family and the GeeWizz charitable foundation who is spearheading the project.

Gina Long, GeeWizz founder, said: “The voluntary support we have received from the local community towards Daniel and his ‘SOS restoration’ has been incredible.

“To see the project begin, despite the ‘Beast from the East’, is testimony to that support. On behalf of Daniel and his family, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has worked on the project this week.”

The project is being led by Matt Cottrell, from Foxwood Ceramics and Cottrell Brickwork, and Ben Allen from the Birch Group – with funds of £6,600 from the proceeds of last year’s Milsom Hotels and Fenwick Colchester Fashion Show helping too.

Matt said: “We had earmarked this week to start work and we were not going to let some snow and minus temperatures stop us.”

Daniel suffers from autism and Dravet Syndrome, a form of paediatric epilepsy, and can suffer multiple epileptic fits every day.

His mum, Mandy, said: “I cannot thank Gina Long, GeeWizz and all the project team enough. It has not sunk in yet what everyone is doing for Daniel and our family. This will literally change his quality of life.”

The single storey extension has been designed by David Hart of Architectural Building Design Services (ABDS) and will include a specialist bathroom and bedroom area for Daniel as well as new windows and doors fitted by Ipswich-based FIS Windows and an entire ‘home design makeover’.

The renovation is expected to begin at the end of February and take up to three months to complete.

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