Hero builders sup­port De­clan

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

THE dis­traught par­ents of a young son fight­ing can­cer have given an emo­tional thank you to friends who have just com­pleted a vi­tal £20,000 re­vamp of their home.

Par­ents Craig Yeo­man and Claire, of Chest­nut Av­enue, Dogsthorpe, Peter­bor­ough, said the changes would make it eas­ier for them to care for three-year-old De­clan who was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia a year ago.

When doc­tors made the di­ag­no­sis the cou­ple had been in the mid­dle of ren­o­vat­ing their home.

But as they had to quit their jobs to care for De­clan it meant they could not af­ford to com­plete the ren­o­va­tion of the home, which they had pre­vi­ously started.

And the con­di­tion of the fam­ily home meant it was not en­tirely safe for De­clan be­cause of the risk of dust get­ting into his tra­cheotomy – the pipe in his neck to help him breath.

It meant the fam­ily, which in­cludes De­clan’s broth­ers Kea­gan (11) and Devon (6), have spent the last 12 months sleep­ing on other peo­ple’s so­fas or in hospi­tal.

An ap­peal was launched in the ET by fam­ily friend Sa­man­tha Niemc for help and bosses of Prince­build in Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough, stepped for­ward to com­plete the project which cost an es­ti­mated £20,000.

The down­stairs is now open plan, mean­ing his par­ents will never lose sight of De­clan, a new kitchen has been put in as has a spe­cial bathroom to help De­clan and the house has been re­dec­o­rated.

Mr Yeo­man said: “We are over­whelmed by the help Prince­build have given us, we be­lieve it will make a huge dif­fer­ence to De­clan as we try to help him get well.

“The re­fur­bish­ment means he has more space to run around in, but most im­por­tantly he will be safe from any dust and we can keep an eye on him.

“Although De­clan is only three, when we moved back in to our new home last week he was re­ally happy and pos­i­tive.

“He has been on a dif­fi­cult jour­ney and that will con­tinue. But this gives him a chance.”

De­clan was di­ag­nosed with leu- kaemia in May 2011 and has spent a to­tal of eight months in hospi­tal since then.

Although his leukaemia is cur­rently in re­mis­sion, De­clan has been placed in a high risk cat­e­gory for suf­fer­ing a re­lapse.

Mr Yeo­man added: “We are tak­ing things one step at a time. We re­alise De­clan could get se­ri­ously ill again.

“This last 12 months have been tough. We’ve been liv­ing on peo­ple’s so­fas and in hospi­tal. We’ve not re­ally been a fam­ily.

“We are just yearn­ing to be a com­plete fam­ily all in the same place, hav­ing din­ner to­gether. Prince­build has helped us to­wards that. We’ve just got to get De­clan well.”

Matthew Pud­ney, a di­rec­tor at the firm, said: “We were re­ally moved by his story. He is a very young child go­ing through a dif­fi­cult pe­riod and we wanted to help.”

Ian Crutchfield was the project man­ager, much of it in his spare time. He per­suaded sup­pli­ers, Mick Ge­orge, GY Ce­ram­ics, Alan Parker Floor­ing, Travis Perkins, City Plumb­ing, Ed­mund­sons Elec­tri­cal Ltd and the Du­lux Dec­o­rat­ing Cen­tre to pro­vide about £8,500 worth of ma­te­ri­als with the rest funded by Prince­build.

HOME: Craig Yeo­man and his son De­clan in their new kitchen af­ter a re-vamp by lo­cal build­ing com­pany Prince­build.


HOME: Craig and De­clan in their new hall­way af­ter a re-vamp by lo­cal build­ing com­pany Prince­build. (METP-19-05-12DL525) Pic­tures: DAVID LOWN­DES

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