Band of Builders is a national construction charity that provides support to members of the UK construction industry battling an illness or injury. Since 2016, Band of Builders has delivered life-enhancing projects to help fellow tradespeople through renovations or repairs that make life-changing improvements.
The charity is supported by volunteer tradespeople and backed by major names within the construction industry, and we are pleased to be part of their 22nd project to help transform Howard’s home to meet his needs.
In April 2020, Howard Holden, a Lancashire dad-of-two, suffered unexplained heart failure in his sleep, which sadly left him with severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen to his brain.
After being put in a medically induced coma for two weeks, Howard has since had to relearn everything, from walking and talking to eating, 60 miles away from his home at a residential brain injury unit in Leeds.
For this reason, Band of Builders will undertake a three-week project to build an extension at Howard’s home, along with installing a new fence around the garden to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for Howard and his needs. More than 40 volunteer builders across the UK will be involved in transforming Howard’s home.
The 55-year-old is currently undergoing a staged return home and is at the point of being able to visit and stay for weekends. But his wife and daughters are hoping this will become a permanent stage soon.
Howard has worked in the construction industry for most of his working life, spending 14 years as a plasterer before retraining as a building surveyor at the age of 50. However, Howard’s current conditions mean he now suffers from severe fatigue, mobility issues and other brain injury symptoms such as confusion and short-term memory loss.
Billy Thomasson, volunteer project lead for the project to help Howard, said: “Howard and his family have been through something no family should have to go through, and it’s safe to say every single one of us wants to do what we can to get him back where he belongs.”
“The work we’re carrying out will create a safe environment for Howard to come back to and allow him to enjoy his garden safely with his family. We’ve had applications from volunteers pouring in, but we always need more, so if anyone wants to help in any way, from getting involved with the work to helping with accommodation for our volunteers or feeding and watering them, it’s all greatly appreciated and helps us do what we do.”
How will we be supporting Band of Builders?
We are pleased to be supporting Howard’s project with a supply of Optimaxx Extreme Performance Wood Screws. This donation will assist the 40 volunteer tradespeople with building Howard’s extension and garden fence that will ultimately provide Howard with a safe and pleasant home that meets his needs.