Band of Builders

National coverage for Band of Builders project to help former joiner

The Band of Builders project to help Andy Dickson, a Glasgow man left with serious injuries after a horror car crash, was covered by both local and national media, featuring in the Scottish Sun after an emotional handover.

Andy, from Lennoxtown, was involved in a near-fatal car accident in October 2014, leaving him with extensive injuries including a crushed hip and pelvis, as well as breaking all of his ribs and causing internal injuries.

The 56-year-old, who worked as clerk of works and inspector with Glasgow District Council after starting his career as a joiner, suffered multiple complications following the crash which led to him being hospitalised for a year, enduring 26 operations, pneumonia and septic shock.

Andy’s condition and its ongoing complications meant he couldn’t finish several jobs at home. Band of Builders stopped in to help the family, finishing off the jobs that Andy couldn’t and making their home safe and accessible.

Over three days, the team carried out jobs including: levelling and re-laying the lawn; creating a small patio area; relaying flooring in the kitchen and installing a ramp from the back garden into the kitchen in case it is needed in the future. 

After an emotional handover, Andy’s wife Pamela said: “I’d like to personally thank each and every single volunteer for their help and support – nothing was too much of a problem for them. They arrived first thing in the morning and stayed here late into the evening working hard but through it all there was constant laughter like one big happy family. We’ve made friends for life and we’re forever indebted to them.”

Ronan Gilchrist, volunteer project lead, who also appeared in his own local paper which covered the project, said: “It’s been a privilege to lead the team to help Andy and his family. Some of the jobs might have seemed small to some, but by finishing them off, we’re hoping we’ve taken a weight off the family and created a safe, enjoyable space for Andy to enjoy while he recovers from what has been a horrible time.

“It hasn’t all been plain sailing, with difficulties getting materials and horrendous weather making it challenging at times, but we didn’t let it stop us, and it’s a thrill to see Andy and his family enjoying the garden already.”