MEMBERS of a Motor Neurone Disease support group are taking on a mammoth DIY task to help a Kenilworth family.
Duane England was diagnosed with the disease – also known as ALS – in February last year and has since had to start using a wheelchair.
The 41-year-old lives with his wife Tracy and two children Sophie, eight, and Josh, 12, but is struggling with daily life since his condition – which affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord – began to deteriorate.
After hearing of his illness friends banded together to form the England Family Support Group, aiming to raise money to adapt the ground floor of the family home and make it disabled friendly.
A group spokeswoman said: “The family are in urgent need of an extension to their home to enable Duane full wheelchair access, flexible living accommodation and an adapted bathroom in order to make daily living safer, easier and to keep the family together.
“We are also appealing for tradespeople – such as plumbers, tilers and electricians – or people with skills in DIY to support the project by giving their time for free and help fit the extension.”
And a home revamp is not all the team are doing, around 30 members took part in the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for the Motor Neurones Disease Association.
The challenge – which involves tipping a bucket of iced water over your head and then donating to charity – has taken social media by storm with a host of famous faces taking part.
To find out how help with the house extension join the England Family Support Group on Facebook.
*CHILLED fund-raisers at Warwick Hospital took part in a mass ice bucket challenge in support of the England family.
Staff at the Day Surgery Unit – where Tracey works as a staff nurse – took on the chilly challenge to raise awareness of the MotorNeurones Disease Association.
Tracy said: “The support we have received for these challenges is fantastic. It is great to see how much this fund-raising activity has taken off around the world. The awareness it is raising for Motor Neurones Disease is really positive.”
Joining her for the latest challenge were fellow nursing staff, members of the day surgery management team, theatre staff and consultants.
Visit www.mndassociation.org for further information about MND.
Duane has been left wheelchair-bound since he was diagnosed with ALS. (s)
Day Surgery staff at Warwick Hospital took a an icy soaking in aid of the Motor Neurones Disease Association. (s)