DIY-ers create a dream home for Christopher

Chris Anderson, who had his Deeping home renovated pictured with Round Tablers Martyn Boyle, far left, and Chris Davis, far right, partner Marc Weiler and parents Gillian and Keith Anderson.
Chris Anderson, who had his Deeping home renovated pictured with Round Tablers Martyn Boyle, far left, and Chris Davis, far right, partner Marc Weiler and parents Gillian and Keith Anderson.

A team of dedicated volunteers have helped revamp a bungalow to create a comfortable home for a man left disabled by serious injuries.

Big-hearted members of the Deepings Round Table transformed the bungalow in Deeping St James over a period of months to allow Christopher Anderson, 37, to be near his family again after suffering life-changing injuries in 2011.

Mr Anderson, a former Deepings School pupil, was in a coma for 30 days following a fall in his flat in north London.

Mr Anderson, at the time an air steward for British Airways, spent four months following the fall in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, in London.

He was later transferred to The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, a medical charity based in Putney, where he stayed until the alterations at the bungalow were complete.

His injuries mean he is unable to walk or use his right arm and also has no short-term memory.

Eight members of the Deepings Round Table worked on the project from September to November, giving up weekday evenings and Saturdays week after week. They were also helped by local companies to do specialist work.

The audacious task was brought before Deepings Round Table by member and friend of the Anderson family Darren Scott, 44, of Willow Drove, Newborough.

Mr Anderson’s parents – helped by donations from family members – had bought the bungalow in Deeping St James and had planned to renovate it themselves.

But with much of their time spent in London with their son and funding running out to keep Mr Anderson in care in Putney, Deepings Round Table came to their aid.

Mr Scott said: “They weren’t in a position to do the project or even project manage it if they paid builders.”

Mum Gill Anderson, 58, of Church Street, Deeping St James, said: “I can’t really put it into words. It’s just humbling that so many people would give up their time to do this work.”

The group also raised £1,500 to help pay towards the renovations and secured, often free, support from local traders.

She said: “We can never thank them enough. It’s heart-warming to know there’s such generous people. No words can really thank them enough.”

Mr Scott said he would be happy to do it all again. He said: “The personal rewards are immeasurable.”