Workers fix up home for sick child

WORKED OUT: Cestria electricians Mark Fort and Jamie Coglan with Catherine Wray, Chris Morris and their son William.
WORKED OUT: Cestria electricians Mark Fort and Jamie Coglan with Catherine Wray, Chris Morris and their son William.
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LIFE is looking up for baby William Morris who is finally on the road to recovery after battling leukaemia.

The one-year-old was diagnosed with the killer condition when he was just seven weeks old.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: One-year-old William Morris, who is at home after being treated for leukaemia.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: One-year-old William Morris, who is at home after being treated for leukaemia.

He spent the next 10 months undergoing life-saving treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, the toddler’s parents Catherine Wray and Chris Morris, both 28, were finally given the news they had been waiting for – William could go home.

However, Catherine, a family intervention project worker with Durham County Council, and Chris, a Nissan worker, were concerned their house would not be safe for him as it was under renovation.

The couple believed their son’s immune system, weakened by his treatment, needed a dust-free and clean environment.

Health visitor Maxine Duffy got in touch with Cestria Homes and a team of workers turned up at the family home in Chester-le-Street to make sure the property was ready for William’s return.

Catherine said: “It’s been a really difficult year and with Chris and I spending so much of our time in hospital with William, we just didn’t have the time or energy to think about the house.

“We were talking to Maxine about it and joking that we would need something like DIY SOS to get it all finished in time, then Maxine had the idea of contacting Cestria.

“They were brilliant. They fitted the kitchen we had bought, painted the walls, handled all the electrics and even finished the little jobs like fitting the skirting boards, laminate flooring and wall tiles.

“After everything that has happened over the last year it was so lovely to be in our own home, surrounded by friends and family, to celebrate William’s first birthday.”

John McKernan, Cestria’s voids and adaptations maintenance manager, said: “When Maxine contacted us and explained William’s situation we instantly agreed to get involved – our teams were in the area anyway carrying out improvement works to our own properties so it was our pleasure to help out.

“The family had already bought a kitchen and started the work so it was a case of finishing everything off and making sure the house was safe and ready for little William – seeing him home and happy is the best thanks we could ask for.”

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