It's amazing that Safestyle UK made such a generous offer to Patrick and it is a shame the Council has not done its part. There are many other sufferers similar to Mr Walsh and we are trying to get Councils to fast track applications for those diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. However it remains very difficult.
(PRWEB) December 14, 2006
After reading a heart breaking appeal in the local press, kind-hearted Safestyle UK, the largest independent uPVC window and door retailer in the UK, has come to the aid of a former employee suffering from motor neurone disease, a rapid and fatal condition which attacks the nervous system leaving the muscles unable to function.
Terminally ill Patrick Walsh, who is wheelchair bound and confined in his own home, was unable to persuade Bradford City Council to provide an urgent grant towards a life enhancing wet room. Patrick, who lives in Baildon, West Yorkshire was told by the local Council that he would have to wait two years for the loan application to be processed, which gave him little chance of relief from a debilitating disease that kills up to half of its sufferers within 18 months.
Having heard the news, former work colleagues at Safestyle decided to step forward and offer their assistance, organising and funding the work needed to create a specifically designed wet room.
John Ross, Chairman and Chief Executive of Safestyle UK, explained: "The problem was that Patrick's wife, Doris, was really struggling to bathe her husband without the aid of a wet room. When we read of Bradford City Council's inability to help in less than two years we felt that we needed to assist our former colleague, who was a much respected Salesman and Surveyor in the 1990's. Our company had the chance to address the problem and so were happy to offer help."
After contacting a specialist company to organise the supply of the necessary fittings, Safestyle then organised a workforce to carry out the installation which consisted of a new boiler, bathroom fittings and a fully tiled water proof room with wheelchair access.
From initial designs to completion, the installation took less than three weeks - ensuring it was ready in time for Patrick's return home from hospital, his 77th Birthday and Christmas.
Doris, his wife of 47 years said "It is truly amazing, the transformation is unbelievable and it will make such a difference to Patrick. I cannot believe how kind everyone at Safestyle has been."
A spokesman for the Motor Neurone Disease Association added: "It's amazing that Safestyle UK made such a generous offer to Patrick and it is a shame the Council has not done its part. There are many other sufferers similar to Mr Walsh and we are trying to get Councils to fast track applications for those diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. However it remains very difficult."
Safestyle is now hoping their actions may help persuade Councils to do just that and review policies for processing grant applications for terminally ill patients.
About Style group:
The Style Group PLC is the largest independent manufacturer, supplier and retailer of PVCu windows and doors in the United Kingdom. Since inception in 1992 the Group has continued to expand and now has 38 branches across the country from the South West to the North East serviced by a large in-house transport fleet. The Group incorporates three specialist subsidiaries:-
WINDOWSTYLE UK is the manufacturing arm and its state-of-the-art factory in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire with the capability to produce up to 10,000 quality assured frames per week. It is also the area's largest single employer.
SAFESTYLE UK is the best known name in the Group. It is synonymous with quality and affordability and installs £2 million domestic window and door frames every week. It is renowned for its popular and memorable celebrity-fronted television and radio advertising campaigns featuring value-for money offers.
TRADESTYLE UK was established in 2002 and supplies exclusively to non-fabricating retailers and installers. It has its own manufacturing facility and has seen demand for its products at a genuine trade price soar way beyond expectations.
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