Home for Christmas

When The Veka UK Group heard last year how a Bedlington woman was left stuck in hospital after a devastating fall, the team were keen to help.

Rachel Rudd, whose husband Darren works for Renolit, fell down the stairs at their home in April. Rachel suffered a number of injuries including a broken jaw and severe bruising to her spinal cord; which sadly left her paralysed from the shoulders down. After several months, she was transferred from the specialist James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough to a nursing home in Cramlington, where she was forced to remain, as the family home was not suitably equipped for her needs.

Darren tried to secure a grant to cover the cost of modifying the house to Rachel’s new circumstances, but was unsuccessful. At this point, friends and neighbours began raising awareness of Rachel’s plight – and community-wide fundraising began, to build the ground-floor extension that the family needed in order to get Rachel home in time for Christmas.

The Veka UK Group quickly offered to provide the PVCU profile required, and Veka customer BMW Windows kindly volunteered to fabricate and install the new windows and doors free of charge.

MD John Jefferson said: “Veka provided the PVC-U profile (free of charge) in anthracite grey, for five casement windows, one three-part bay window, a set of French doors and a residential door.

“Donwoods supplied the double glazed units free of charge and North East Panels supplied the door panels free of charge.

“Our contribution was the cost of fabrication, hardware, trims and fitting, which meant that the job was supplied and fitted at no cost to the Rudd family. I hope that, with the help of our partners in business, we might have played a small part in making a difference for Darren and Rachel and we wish them every bit of luck moving forward.”

The project was completed in time for Rachel to spend Christmas at home with her family.

The extension includes a large bedroom with en suite bathroom, and the alterations on the ground floor have opened the area up to make it fully accessible for all the family members.