Bob Hadrian's Wall

TV coverage for Band of Builders project to help dad-of-two with incurable brain cancer

Band of Builders continues to go from strength to strength, with the volume of projects, activities and initiatives having expanded beyond the realm of EMPR and now being handled by the capable hands of Paul Kirby of Octopus PR, with support from EMPR.

In April, a team of volunteers travelled to Hereford to help Kyle O’Connor, who had volunteered himself on a BoB project in 2019.

BoB Kyle project

Kyle, partner Rachel, stepson Harry (17) and daughter Lottie (10) had been living with an unfinished extension and loft conversion ever since the 41-year-old construction teacher suffered a seizure in December 2020, leading to the diagnosis of an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer.

He has since undergone surgery and radiotherapy and a current 12-month programme of chemotherapy meant the former Royal Engineer could not complete the work himself.

Instead, a team of 35 volunteers from BoB rallied round to help complete work to the family’s dormer bungalow that Kyle had been left unable to finish.

The project was covered extensively in local media and also made the TV news on BBC Midlands Today.

Band of Builders continues to be the chosen charity for EMPR, and I’ll be taking part in a fundraising walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall (80-something miles) across four days in June to help raise funds for future projects and initiatives.

If you would like to sponsor our team, head to the GoFundMe page or get in touch with me on for corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Bob Hadrian's Wall