Dream comes true

Al­leged as­sault

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

A grate­ful Wishaw mum says her home is “like a new house” af­ter kind-hearted builders from all over the UK came to her res­cue to re­pair a botched ex­ten­sion job.

Af­ter read­ing in the Wishaw Press that a col­lapsed build­ing firm had taken £28,000 of Cather­ine’s life sav­ings and left her with an un­in­hab­it­able ex­ten­sion, New Col­lege La­nark­shire con­struc­tion lec­turer Frank Far­rar ral­lied fel­low mem­bers of Band of Builders – a group of trades­men who share one sim­ple de­sire: to use their skills to help oth­ers who are go­ing through a hard time.

The 16-strong team worked solidly for three days with ma­te­ri­als do­nated by lo­cal firms to turn the ex­ten­sion at the Tinto Cres­cent house into the ac­ces­si­ble liv­ing space Cather­ine had dreamed of for her dis­abled son, James, 29.

Busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions stepped in to ar­range a week­end in a lux­ury ser­viced apart­ment for Cather­ine and James while trades­men got to work on their house.

And the Celtic char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion even do­nated a pair of tick­ets to the re­cent Cup Fi­nal so that James and his aunt could watch the match.

Cather­ine and James, who has cere­bral palsy and epilepsy, couldn’t be­lieve their eyes when they re­turned to their new-look home.

“We were both to­tally over­whelmed by how much work had been done in such a short space of time,” said a de­lighted Cather­ine, who thanked Band of Builders from the bot­tom of her heart.

“It is like a new house. James had to sit down af­ter a few min­utes as he was a bit over­come, and I ac­tu­ally strug­gled not to cry but they were film­ing it for their page and I didn’t want to cry on cam­era. It is much more than we could have ever hoped for. The wet­room is now to­tally dis­abled adapted. It will make such a dif­fer­ence to James’ life.

“The last year of stress has fi­nally came to an end, thanks to ev­ery­one’s kind­ness.”

As well as ex­press­ing her gratu­tude to Band of Builders for their ef­forts, Cather­ine said a spe­cial thank you to Wishaw self­em­ployed plas­terer Frank Duffy and Cal­lum Brown of Wishaw firm MJC Roof­ing and Rough­cast­ing, who do­nated time and ma­te­ri­als.

She added: “I want to say a per­sonal thanks to the Wishaw Press. If you hadn’t taken up the story it would never have been done, so James and my­self owe it all to you. Thank you so much.” A 21- year- old man of no fixed abode was ar­rested and re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for al­leged breach of the peace, as­sault, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened at 7.30pm on Satur­day, May 26, at Ge­orge Street, New Steven­ston, Mother­well. He was de­tained in cus­tody pend­ing his court ap­pear­nace.

A 41-year-old Mother­well man was ar­rested and will be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for al­leged breach of the peace and as­sault. The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened be­tween 12.30am and 12.45am on Sun­day, May 27, at Ar­ran Road, Mother­well.

A 19-year-old Wishaw man was ar­rested and will be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for al­legedly driv­ing with­out valid in­sur­ance.

The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened at 10.30pm on Tues­day, May 22, at Merry Street, Mother­well.

A 37- year- old Air­drie man was ar­rested and re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for al­leged as­sault. The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened at 7.30am on Satur­day, May 26, at Green­field Drive, Cam­bus­nathan, Wishaw.

A 27-year-old Shotts man was ar­rested and will be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal for al­legedly fail­ing to wear a seat belt, fail­ing to stop for po­lice, care­less driv­ing and breach of the peace. The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened at 1.40pm on Sun­day, May 27, at Clu­anie Av­enue, Dyke­head.

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