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