BBC1’s DIY SOS transforms the home of a former resident

BBC1’s DIY SOS – The Big Build has transformed the home and life of a former Christchurch Group resident.

Following a devastating stroke, former policeman Richard Ford required intensive rehabilitation to allow him to become more independent. Resident at Woodlands Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in York in 2014, Richard underwent rehabilitation with physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and lots more.

Richard ‘adores’ Woodlands and credits the staff and therapy with restoring some of his independence.

He said “It was like a working holiday! Rehabilitation had dramatic effect – particularly by giving me back a lot of dignity and independence. You learn to be patient and set realistic short and long term goals. And if you meet your goals, then you set some more.
I think of each goal as a route to a base on a game of rounders – the aim is to get round all the bases. It doesn’t matter how you get round, just get there! A home run feels great, but if you crawl to last base then the result is the same – it just takes longer.”

Following his rehabilitation at Woodlands, Richard was able to return home to his family – wife Judith and sons Harry (11), Oscar (7) and Archie (5) in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

Richard said DIY SOS was “A whirlwind. A former colleague nominated us for the show and just two months later, we not only had a gorgeous home but one that is practical and improves my dignity and independence.”

DIY SOS The Big Build ‘The Road to Independence’ is on BBC1 at 9pm on Thursday 17 December. View the trailer online now. Don’t miss it.

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