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robs story

Rob's story

A freak accident at home left quantity surveyor Rob Lamb paralysed from the chest down at the age of 58. 


The widowed dad-of-four suffered a severe spinal cord injury when low blood pressure caused him to faint and fall awkwardly at his home. After undergoing surgery he was transferred to a rehab centre but it was clear the house he shared with his three sons would need extensive adaptations in order to make it safe and comfortable for him.  

LionHeart was able to contribute to a mass volunteer effort by trades charity Band of Builders to get Rob home. After months of planning, around 60 volunteers from various trades backgrounds carried out a nine-day makeover at Rob's Solihull home, transforming the kitchen, bathroom and creating a downstairs bedroom.  

A LionHeart support officer liaised with Rob's family and Band of Builders to work out how best we could help the family and the DIY SOS style makeover, and help reunite Rob with his family. 

We provided a grant to pay for accessible appliances in his new specially-adapted kitchen, with the kitchen itself being donated by Magnet and most of the other construction materials needed being donated by other big name construction firms.  

Rob is now back at home with his sons learning to rebuild his life, saying everyone's efforts had left him "speechless".