Selco’s the story for wannabe builder

A six-year-old from Bristol who wants to become a builder chose the Selco Trade Catalogue for World Book Day.

Flynn Sands selected a builder from Selco Builders Warehouse’s catalogue when asked to choose his favourite character from a book. The Stoke Lodge Primary School pupil is a regular visitor to the Bristol Filton branch of Selco, based on Taurus Road off Gipsy Patch Lane. The youngster’s mother Charlotte Sands said: “Flynn is absolutely obsessed with builders, people who work in the trade and Selco. “Most weekends he is in Selco Bristol with my dad who is a builder and he loves the place. He genuinely thinks he works at Selco! “He is so determined to become a builder or tradesperson in his future career, he uses his pocket money to buy wood just so he can drill some holes. His request to dress up as the builder from the Selco catalogue actually came as no surprise to me but I’m sure it raised a few eyebrows amongst his teachers and friends!” Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “Flynn is an absolute star and the picture is the talk of the whole team. We know our Trade Catalogues are popular with our customers and all professional tradespeople but it’s brilliant to hear the next generation are finding it a real page-turner too. We wish Flynn every success in his long-term career.”

Construction industry pulls together to help paralysed builder

A chartered surveyor who was left paralysed after a fall has had his home transformed by industry charity Band of Builders and a range of manufacturers, merchants and volunteer tradesmen. Rob Lamb, 58, suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he fainted due to low blood pressure at home in October, leaving him paralysed from the chest down. The quantity surveyor has not been home since then, moving from hospital where he underwent surgery to a rehabilitation centre in Oswestry over 80 miles from his home in Solihull which needed specialist adaptations before he could return.

National construction charity Band of Builders stepped in to make the changes needed to make Lambs’s home safe, comfortable and accessible. In just nine days a total of around 60


tradespeople carried out a raft of changes including the creation of a downstairs bedroom and wet room, installation of underfloor heating and air conditioning. The project was made possible thanks to donations of materials and equipment from companies including project sponsor Tarmac Blue Circle, Band of Builders official tool partner DeWalt and Jewson, which has chosen BoB as its official charity.

Work included the installation of a state-of-the-art accessible kitchen from Magnet, including new appliances paid for by LionHeart, a benevolent fund for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and their families. A new decking area was made using material donated by Talasey, while companies donating materials and equipment include Gibbs & Dandy, Altro Flooring, Huws Gray, Selco Builders Warehouse and Eclisse. The site was kept safe thanks to COVID testing kits donated by OX Tools and PPE from Lee Brothers. Lamb, who was widowed when wife Julie died suddenly in 2017, lives with sons Callum, Gavin and Mackenzie, who plays for West Bromwich Albion’s youth team. Their sister Tara lives in America. The dad-of-four returned

to Solihull on Sunday for an emotional handover of his new ‘home’ with his three sons, who all helped work on the house alongside Band of Builders. Arriving to a bagpiper and cheers from volunteers as well as family and friends and neighbours, Lamb presented Band of Builders with a cheque for £10,000 that they had raised in the run up to, and during, the project as a thank you. Tim Winch, who led the project alongside fellow volunteer project lead Craig Cashmore, said: “This is the biggest project Band of Builders has undertaken to date, and without the support from the industry we simply wouldn’t have been able to do it. A lot of the elements of this project are specialist to cater for Rob’s condition and we’ve had huge support in making sure we could create a safe, comfortable and accessible home.”

Lamb said: “It’s overwhelming. I thought they were doing two rooms - a bedroom and the wet room - but to see everything they’ve done is really overwhelming. At one point I thought I would maybe have to go into a care home temporarily so to be able to come back to my own home and for it to have everything I need really means the world.” April 2021


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