Last week six members of staff from Walsall College travelled to West Bromwich to volunteer for a local DIY SOS: The Big Build project.
Stephen Fitzer teaches Carpentry and Joinery at the college and said ‘Being on the DIY SOS building site I’ve never seen so many people scrambling to be able to do something for no gain other than to help someone in need. It’s catching and makes you want to jump in and grab a hammer, broom or shovel and do something, anything.’
Taking place over just nine days, the DIY SOS team along with the support of local tradesman and volunteers including Angela Bibb, Joanne Abley, Nathan Hartshorne, Richard Parker and Lee Rogers from Walsall College, have helped a family of four whose lives were changed drastically after a shock diagnosis.
Mother of two Crystal Chambers was diagnosed with terminal cancer tragically leaving behind her two children Deago and Ameira when she passed away in October 2015. Crystal’s mother Sandra stepped in and has been bringing up Deago, nine and Ameira, three, in her two bedroom house that she also shares with her own nineteen year old son.
The Big Build has added a two story extension for the family, along with a garden transformation bringing much needed space along with hope for this next stage of their lives.
Angela Bibb, Examination and Achievements Officer at Walsall College said ‘I’m glad I could be a part of the DIY SOS: The Big Build project for the Crystal Chambers family, it’s a very worthwhile cause. It was fantastic to see so many people from all different backgrounds working together to help the family and I’m very happy I could help and be a part of it.’
The staff at Walsall College were invited back to West Bromwich to attend the house reveal which took place this morning Thursday 27th July 2017.