Katie's Diary

Kind tradesmen rebuild house for family

18th February 2015

TRADESMEN from Northumberland kindly gave up weekends and evenings for free to rebuild a house so it’s fit for purpose for four-year-old Aidan Jackowiak and his family.


Aidan suffers from the rare Cloves syndrome and because of the condition, needs a wheelchair to get around. The family needed a home that could let him move freely.


Workers and businesses in Alnwick, Northumberland, gave £100,000-worth of fixtures and free labour as his parents, carer, Karl and council worker, Vikki could not afford other renovations to the property.  Another lovely story of humanity.

For more information on the story, visit http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brickies-plumbers-sparks-built-house-5128887?ICID=FB_mirror_main


ubu applauds the compassion and generosity shown by these volunteers. However, it is a damning indictment of some local councils that fail to provide the necessary support to the most vulnerable citizens. ubu's CEO Dorothy Jarvis-Lee states, "Unlike the NHS, social care is not free at the point of delivery and as the dynamic of the population changes and politicians work towards caring for vulnerable adults in the community increasingly the burden is being borne by the individual or their loved ones." People with disablities and complex needs (and the families that care for them) should not have to suffer with unsuitable housing or turn to charities for help. Cuts in government funding does not have to equate to a reduction in support. Through quality partnerships with private-sector providers such as ubu, councils can provide best-practice support often at a cost savings to the taxpayer.


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Kind tradesmen rebuild house for family

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