Wednesday, September 29, 2021

DIY SOS is coming to Waterford city and are looking for volunteers to help change the life of a brave nurse and mum-of-three, who is undergoing aggressive cancer treatment.

As part of Series two, DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland will be packing up their tools and heading down to ‘The Déise’ to the home of Laura Sheridan from Monday, November 22 to Wednesday, December 1.

It has been a tough year for Laura, a young mum and an award-winning Nurse. After recovering from Covid, Laura was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system.

Laura, a Director of Nursing, who won a prestigious award as ‘Nurse of the Year’, is really missing the residents of Maypark House Nursing Home where she works, but her illness has forced her to take time off to undergo aggressive cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy is taking its toll and finding time to rest and recuperate is just not an option for this devoted mum. Her beautiful five-year-old twin boys have autism, and a range of complex sensory and emotional needs.

Like every mother, all Laura wants to do is to keep her children safe and happy and the DIY SOS Big Build team are coming to Waterford to adapt her home to meet the boys’ occupational needs.

Making an appeal for volunteers through Facebook, the team said, “But as you all know, we can’t do it alone, so we need the good people of Waterford to help us out. Groundworkers, ticketed machine drivers, carpenters, general labourers, plumbers, electricians, slabbers, plasterers, joiners, clean up volunteers, pavers and landscapers, tilers, registration volunteers – you name the trade, we need you there!

“We also need local companies who can assist us by supplying goods and materials for external works: plant hire, grab hire, skips and waste management, scaffolding, gardening and landscaping products. For the interiors we need joinery, shelving, furniture, wallpaper, extensive homewares, photography and frames, tiles, bedding, mirrors etc.

“For Site Support we need traffic management, site security, van drivers, transport companies, containers/site storage, marquees, accommodation, and printers. For Catering: We need to feed our hardworking volunteers so we are looking for catering companies or local restaurants to provide our daily meals. Breakfast rolls, snacks and drinks are also needed to fuel our 100+ hardworking troops.”

If you’d like to get involved, please email your name, number, your trade or what you can supply

to [email protected] or text or call 083 013 9827.

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