We were quick to volunteer to take part in the project having heard the DIY SOS Team’s appeal in the local press and were delighted to be selected to take part in the makeover and to meet Scott and his family.
In August 2015, our team from Fords Garden Buildings joined the DIY SOS team, suppliers and volunteers to spend 9 days transforming the Jones’ family home, creating an independent space for Scott and a wheelchair accessible garden.
We supplied and installed a high quality Apex model garden shed and also updated the family’s existing Summerhouse with the addition of a smart new shingle roof. Our team also helped with other aspects of the garden makeover, working together with other volunteers to ensure the project was able to finish on schedule.
DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles gave his thanks to all those involved in the project for a “fantastic week” in Cheltenham.
Speaking about the project, Knowles explained, “We really couldn’t have had more support from the local people and all the neighbours. The work has run pretty smoothly thanks to all our incredible volunteers and suppliers. We’ve often had more than 80 people working on site, all giving their time for free. The whole team hope that this is life-changing for Scott and his family. We’ve made some dramatic changes to the house and I think they will be amazed at the transformation.”
It was a memorable experience for Dan Baker and the rest of the Fords Garden Buildings team and a real privilege to meet Scott and his family.
Since the DIY SOS project was completed we have received some very kind personal messages from the Jones family:
“Thank you (Fords) so much for your help! It literally means everything to my family and I.”
“To all at Fords, just to reiterate what Scott has said, Scott’s life has been transformed as a result of the generosity of yourselves and all the other tradesmen and women and we’ll never be able to thank you all enough.”
We are so pleased to hear how the makeover has benefited Scott and his family. We thoroughly enjoyed our DIY SOS experience and it was fantastic to see local tradespeople working alongside each other with such great team spirit and comradery. It really was our pleasure to be able to play a small part in the project and to help such an inspiring young man and his family.
We would like to wish Scott and his family all the very best for the future and we look forward to seeing the full transformation when DIY SOS: The Big Build airs on Tuesday 20th September at 9pm on BBC One.
More about disabled athlete Scott Jones
As a child, student Scott Jones suffered a series of strokes caused by a tumour, which eventually left him paralysed from the chest down, and wheelchair bound for life. As a boy, he showed incredible promise in athletics and on the rugby field, and had hoped to have a successful career as a sportsman. He was told by doctors however, that following his strokes he would never play rugby again. Scott battled Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression as a teenager, but being highly ambitious and competitive, he has gone on to win gold medals and set world records in Shot Put. He has represented Great Britain in international competitions, and he now has his sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
GOOD LUCK SCOT! From all of the team here at Fords Garden Buildings