September 26th, 2016

Dreams come true for chronically ill Chloe

DREAMS are coming true for a chronically ill Bidford resident who is having her house transformed by DIY SOS.

Chloe Print-Lambert was faced with moving out of the family home after discovering she had Ehlers Danlos Syndrome around a year ago.

The 20-year-old faces daily struggles with seizures, joint dislocation, allergic reactions and sometimes she even stops breathing.

She weighs just under six stone and can only be fed through a tube directly into her bloodstream as her stomach, bowel and bladder no long work.

Chloe is confined to one room in her house – where she can fit her bed and hoist. She lives with her step-dad, younger brother and mum Suze, who she describes as her carer and her ‘rock’.

After revealing Chloe’s story in the Observer earlier this year, the family have been inundated with donations and offers of help from caring villagers in Bidford who wanted to help the Print-Lambert’s convert their garage into a disabled-friendly living space.

But recently BBC television show DIY SOS – presented by Nick Knowles – got in touch to say they would help transform the house after being contacted by well-wishing friends and residents.

The build is set to begin at the start of December.

Former Stratford Girls’ Grammar School pupil Chloe said: “The generosity, love, commitment, support and perseverance of the local community is now partnered with the DIY SOS team.

“It is our only wish and it will be all of our dreams come true for our house to become a home again. I cannot put into words how life changing this is and what it means to us.

“Thank you all that are involved now, have been involved in the past and will continue to be in our lives in the future. This is the best Christmas I have ever had and I will forever commit myself to supporting others in the selfless ways we have been supported.”

The Bidford Community Choir were just one of many groups which held fund-raising events to help Chloe.

Spokeswoman Angela Hurd said: “Chloe is a truly inspirational young lady, who so very much deserves to have the wonderful support of DIY SOS. This is a great boost for Chloe and also for everyone in the local area. The choir members are all over the moon and really excited to welcome the show to Bidford.”

DIY SOS producers are calling for any traderspersons, suppliers or those working in the building industry who can donate time, skills or materials to transforming the house to get in touch.

Email nina.kitajewski01@bbc.co.uk to find out more.

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