‘Thanks for dream makeover’

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A mum has spoken of her joy at a dream home renovation which has significantly improved life for her severely disabled son.

Nick and Sara Wilson’s bungalow on Foljambe Avenue in Walton has been dramatically transformed to meet the needs of their nine-year-old boy Thomas who suffers from a rare genetic condition.

The £62,000 four-year renovation project would not have been possible without council funding and cash donations from big-hearted charities, local groups and family members.

Mrs Wilson said: “It’s definitely made life a whole lot easier and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s supported us.”

The modifications included extending the family bathroom and fitting a full-length ceiling track hoist to carry Thomas.

Mrs Wilson, whose husband serves with the Royal Marines and is stationed in the south of England, added: “Before we had this renovation, I had to physically lift and move Thomas everywhere in the home – but now there’s no need for that.”

The project received a significant cash boost from SSAFA Forces Help which works to aid servicemen and their families.

Toby Seymour, of the charity, said: “The Wilsons are a splendid couple and wonderful parents.

“Mrs Wilson steadfastly and patiently refused to be deterred by all the problems and hitches during the renovation.”

Thomas, who suffers from cru-di-chat syndrome, cannot crawl, stand, walk or communicate.

Mrs Wilson said her son was “wonderful”. She added: “He’s a delightful, happy child.”