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Bradford roofer in DIY SOS-style help

Matthew helping out in roof repairs

Incommunities roofer Matthew Ford joined an army of builders in a DIY style challenge to help a young girl with an incurable skin condition.

Matthew took time off work to help build an extension to the home of Pippa Atkinson and her family in South Wales.

Pippa, who is nearly two, was born with a condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa, which causes her skin to blister at the slightest touch.

Backed by over £33,000 raised by the family, Matthew and a team of skilled trades people known as the ‘Band of Builders’ got to work building a new roof with donations of materials and their free labour.

The volunteers came from right across England and Wales. They were joined by family members including Pippa’s mother Rhiannon and her husband, Damian who is himself an electrician.

As Matthew left, more trades people joined the ‘band’ to finish off the project.

Matthew said: "It’s been so rewarding being part of a great team. Everyone’s been determined to make these improvements to the family home and help Pippa and the family.

"It was hard work and just like the TV-style DIY SOS challenge. I’m definitely up for another project like this with the Band of Builders and would recommend other builders to get involved."

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive said: "Everyone is very proud of Matthew’s wonderful contribution to make home life more comfortable for Pippa and the family.

"Staff from right across Incommunities group are passionate about giving their time and skills to help improve lives and support different causes.

"This makeover really shows what can be achieved when everyone pulls together."

The Band of Builders aim to help trades people and their families in need and are currently applying to become a charity.

Matthew with Band of Builders

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