Builders create wet room for young girl with rare genetic disorder
For many of us, a wet room is a luxurious option for a bathroom, making the space feel bright and airy and giving it a spa-like atmosphere.
But a wet room design is also a practical choice for people with limited mobility.
Recently, a family in Glasgow was treated to a new wet room by a generous team of builders.
Holly Weir was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder when she was a toddler. Rett Syndrome is a condition that affects the development of the brain and it can cause severe physical and mental disability. It affects one in 12,000 girls and is even rarer in boys.
When Holly was born, she was just like any other baby, but signs of her condition started showing up shortly after her first birthday. She has lost all use of her hands, has epilepsy and difficulty walking. She will need help to do things like feeding and dressing herself for the rest of her life.
To accommodate Holly, the family has had to adapt their home as she has gotten older. The family planned to build an extension to their home so Holly could live downstairs with her own bedroom and bathroom.
To bathe Holly, her parents had to lift her in and out of the bath - something that has been getting increasingly difficult as she has grown. So, as part of the building work, the ten-year-old's parents opted for a wet room-style bathroom.
Nearly three years ago, the family set up the Holly Rose Trust to help raise funds for the project. They raised £16,000 through sponsored runs, bike rides and a charity night at a restaurant. They also received a grant from the council to cover 80 per cent of the cost of the wet room.
Holly's dad Gordon and mum Erica asked L&D services to carry out the refurbishment work on their home - and they were stunned when the firm said they would do the work, worth thousands of pounds, for free.
After they visited the company's showroom and explained what Holly's condition required, the company - which has specialised in plumbing services for people with special needs for 20 years - offered to do the work for free.
Gordon said that L&D should be commended for its generous gesture and explained that the council grant could now be used to help another family in need.
"This will make a massive difference to us and Holly. We have to be able to lift her in and out of the bath and wash and dress her. She's almost ten now and the bigger she has grown, the more difficult it has become for us," he said, adding that the downstairs shower room would make the family's morning and evening routines much easier.
"It's been a long few years trying to fundraise to get to where we are now and a hard struggle. We can't thank L&D enough for what they have done. We are so grateful to them."